Thursday, August 16, 2012

MSU's Treadwell the latest to get the injury bug

Looks like the injury bug is going around.
First it was Michigan that had some injuries that will impact the depth of the team, now it is Michigan State’s turn. (It is unclear if MSU caused the injuries themselves to get attention away from Michigan. Just kidding guys)
Joe Rexrode, formerly of the Lansing State Journal and now of the Detroit Free Press, reported on Wednesday that junior left guard Blake Treadwell suffered a fracture in his tibia and will be out for 4-5 weeks.
True freshman wide receiver Aaron Burbridge had arthroscopic knee surgery as well and will be out at least six weeks, which increases the likelihood he will redshirt this season. Burbridge had a chance to make the roster entering training camp, especially considering the inexperience MSU has at the position, but the injury won’t allow him to compete for a spot.
While the injury to Burbridge may not have a great impact, the tibia fracture for Treadwell is certainly an issue.
Treadwell was expected to start at left guard this season and he will now at least miss the season opener with Boise State on Aug. 31. The good thing for the Spartans is they have plenty of starting experience on the offensive line.
The injury opens the door for redshirt freshman Jack Allen, who has yet to see any live snaps in a college football game. Certainly opponents will look to exploit him as the weak link on the line.
The loss of Treadwell early in the season probably won’t be felt unless another lineman suffers an injury, then the depth up front will be tested.
As I have said before, the strong offensive line for the Spartans will be a key to the development of quarterback Andrew Maxwell. If the line starts to crumble, there may not be much hope for him to succeed.

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