Additionally to the injuries, John L. Smith stated that defensive tackle Bobby Jones has been dismissed from the team, not disclosing anything further on the subject. The red shirt junior ranked third on the depth chart at tackle, behind David Stanton and Ogemdi Nwagbuo.
Combined with off-field issues, the Spartans are nursing starters on both sides of the ball. Here is a look at their status for Saturday afternoon's contest at Northwestern:
QB Drew Stanton:
"Stiff, but to be expected," said John L. Smith on Monday afternoon at his weekly press conference. After stating last year that he felt like he was, "run over by a truck," following last season's game with the Buckeyes, Stanton left this weekend's game midway through the third quarter after getting banged up linebacker Marcus Freeman.
"On Saturday, nobody is healthy out there. Everybody on our team has one or two things different things wrong with them. That is the way it is. Nobody is going to sit there and feel sorry for you so you have to lick your wounds and do whatever it takes to get yourself prepared and get yourself feeling as good as you possibly can come Saturday.
Stanton appeared to injure his back earlier in the quarter but left later on after hitting his head on a Gatorade container after being hit out of bounds by Freeman. Stanton should be ready to go against Northwestern this weekend.
*On a side note, Drew had a standard procedure performed on his thumb on his throwing hand last week, after he hit the thumb on a helmet, causing the thumb to fill up with blood. The procedure basically consisted of drilling a small hole through the nail of the thumb and draining the excess blood created from the depression.
WR Matt Trannon:
Looking doubtful against Northwestern, according to John L. Smith. Trannon suffered the injury two weeks ago against Michigan and the team is taking a game-by-game approach to his availability in upcoming weeks.
DT Clifton Ryan:
"Looked better yesterday than he does today. He'll be ready to play, I hope," said Smith.
LB David Herron
"I'm hoping David will be ready," said Smith, classifying him as "semi-ok".
CB Greg Cooper
"Coop is feeling pretty good about himself and we're feeling good about trying to getting him back this week, whether they let him back, we'll have to wait and see on that," said Smith
Cooper appears to be suffering from a head injury, possibly a concussion, but no neck injury according to Smith.
OT Mike Gyetvai
"Gyetvai was out yesterday, he will go to the doctor today with our trainer and they will make a decision. It's more of a doctor's decision than our decision at this point," said Smith.
"He's unlikely (he'll return to the team this season), it's the same knee he's had a problem with and had operated on before, so it's not good," said Smith.