NOTEBOOK: MSU hopes injured players return

In the midst of the greatest comeback in NCAA history, you couldn't help but notice the constant grimacing from Drew Stanton during and after plays, on the sideline, and just walking off the field.

EAST LANSING - In the midst of the greatest comeback in NCAA history, you couldn't help but notice the constant grimacing from Drew Stanton during and after plays, on the sideline, and just walking off the field.

But the heart and soul of the Spartan football team seems to gain another bump or bruise to add to his collection with every game passed.

During the game last weekend, Stanton was hit hard out of bounds by Northwestern defensive end Corey Wooten, landing on the concrete portion of the Wildcats bench in the process, hurting his non-throwing hand.

"His hand was swollen a lot yesterday, it has gone down a lot this morning and he feels fine," said John L. Smith, adding that Drew is "as fine as he can feel."

Stanton's list of injuries for the season includes suffering a strained neck after being run out of bounds and hitting his head on a Gatorade cooler setting off a fracus between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Spartans.

His thumb needed to be drained after hitting an opposing helmet against Michigan. He suffered bruised ribs against Notre Dame and Northwestern and had to leave the game in the fourth quarter against the Irish and briefly against the Wildcats.

"He's the energizer bunny, he just keeps going and going," said John L. Smith about his quarterback. Stanton's resolve was, in somewayst symbolic of the fight that the Spartans showed in their inspiring comeback at Northwestern.

As the Spartans gear up to play at Indiana on Saturday, Stanton should once again be ready to go and play through pain.

"It's a lot easier when you when on Saturday, the recovery process tends to speed itself up," said Stanton on his plethora of bumps and bruises.

As for the rest of the banged up Spartans, here is the current status of the injured players as of Monday.

WR Matt Trannon
Trannon has been out since midway through the Michigan game with a leg injury and might be able to gear up on Saturday.

"Matt did run last night, so there's a possibility of Trannon coming back," said Smith.

Guard Pete Clifford
After leaving the game last weekend and having Rocco Cironi do a nice job in his spot, Clifford "should be ready to go," according to Smith.

OT Jesse Miller
"We're knocking on wood that he comes back and is ready to go. He twisted a knee in practice but I think he'll be ready to go on Tuesday," said Smith.

RB Jehuu Caulcrick
If there is any panic that the Spartans might be down two backs, John L. Smith assured everyone that, "Caulcrick is going to be fine, he has assured me that he will be ready to go on Tuesday."

"There's a lot of guys that are banged but should be ready to go on Tuesday at practice," said John L. Smith in conclusion.

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