Monday, September 19, 2011
Spartans' Burkland (ankle) out for season
By Adam Rittenberg
This isn't the news Michigan State needed after rushing for only 29 yards on 23 carries in Saturday's loss to Notre Dame.
Starting right tackle Skyler Burkland will miss the rest of the season after suffering a fracture and dislocation of his left ankle during the second quarter of the Notre Dame game. Burkland underwent successful surgery Sunday and will be sidelined for approximately three months, Michigan State announced Monday afternoon.
The team expects Burkland to be fully recovered for winter conditioning.
Spartans coach Mark Dantonio confirmed the season-ending injury in an interview Monday morning with WJR radio.
"He's got a broken bone, a broken bone near his ankle," Dantonio told the station. "So that's unfortunate because he has such a huge upside as a young player."
Burkland, a redshirt freshman, started the first three games at right tackle. Junior college transfer Fou Fonoti replaced Burkland against Notre Dame and likely will continue to do so in the coming weeks. Michigan State also could shuffle around some pieces with its new-look line to accommodate Burkland's absence.
Dantonio said Micajah Reynolds moved from defense to offense to help with depth on the line.
No doubt the offensive line certainly will be the focal point this week in practice as Michigan State gets closer to Big Ten play.