Michigan State Spartans star offensive tackle Jack Conklin is inactive for today’s game against Purdue in East Lansing, according to Dan Murphy of ESPN. Conklin injured his knee in last week’s game against Central Michigan and though he is not expected to miss the rest of the season, will be held out today as a precaution.
That shouldn’t affect 4-0 Michigan State, as 1-3 Purdue should be small potatoes, especially with the game in Spartans territory. but Conklin’s absence could become a concern for the long-term. He protects star quarterback Connor Cook’s blind side and given how important Cook is to the team’s championship hopes, his protection needs to be first priority.
Granted, the Spartans should be OK for the foreseeable future with Purdue today and a depleted Rutgers squad next weekend, but having Conklin back for a key game against Jim Harbaugh-led Michigan would be ideal, if not sooner. Not that he should be rushed back, but every game counts for Michigan State right now and getting Conklin back sooner rather than later will only increase the team’s chances of making the College Football Playoff.
Campus Sports will update Conklin’s progress as any new information becomes available.
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