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MSU's Nitchman day-to-day with knee injury

9/7/2009



Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Michigan State starting center Joel Nitchman is listed as day to day with a sprained knee sustained in Saturday's opener against Montana State.

Head coach Mark Dantonio said Nitchman's status is up in the air for this week's matchup against Central Michigan.

"What you miss is experience," Dantonio said. "He's a guy who’s been there, done that and he’s done that well. But he's proven to be a very quick healer. The last time this happened, he was out for four days. So I think he can work through these types of things."

The Spartans likely can survive without Nitchman against Central Michigan, but they need him back for a Sept. 19 trip to Notre Dame. If there's a weakness on this team right now, it's probably the offensive line, which is breaking in several new starters. Nitchman's presence in the middle means a lot for MSU.

Redshirt freshman Ethan Ruhland likely would get the nod at center if Nitchman can't go.