Dantonio: Conklin’s injury isn’t season-ending

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News

East Lansing — Michigan State suffered its share of injuries in Saturday’s victory over Central Michigan, but it appears there’s some sense of optimism.

The depth chart released for this week’s Big Ten opener against Purdue was the first sign and coach Mark Dantonio offered some of his own at his weekly news conference on Tuesday.

“There’s been no season-ending injuries,” he said, “other than the two we’ve talked about.”

Those, or course, were the injuries suffered by linebacker Ed Davis (knee) in preseason camp and cornerback Vayante Copeland (neck) who was hurt in week two.

The big concern coming out of last week’s victory over Central Michigan is the status of junior left tackle Jack Conklin, who injured his left knee in the first half. He was listed as the co-starter with sophomore Dennis Finley, who stepped in for Conklin against the Chippewas.

Junior tight end Josiah Price hurt his ankle late against Central Michigan but continued to be listed as one of three potential starting tight ends along with junior Jamal Lyles and fifth-year senior Paul Lang. And fifth-year senior safety RJ Williamson, who left the Central game twice, was still No. 1 for this week.

However, the depth chart status early in the week guarantees nothing in terms of whether they play on Saturday.

“This is Tuesday,” Dantonio said. “We’ll make those announcements prior to the game if they can’t play.”

No. 2 Michigan State hosts Purdue at noon Saturday for homecoming.