Big Ten: Josh Rouse

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio typically clams up about injuries, but he did provide an update Sunday night on fullback Josh Rouse.

Rouse will miss the season after suffering an injury to the second vertebra on his spinal cord in Saturday's season opener against Western Michigan. But the senior won't need surgery, which seemed likely after the game.
"Obviously it's a season-ending injury for him," Dantonio said. "He's very emotional about that, but also very blessed to have everything where it's at right now. There's no numbness, no lasting effects, so he may be released as early as tomorrow, but it's obviously a very serious injury."

Michigan State's offensive backfield will regain the services of sophomore running back Larry Caper on Saturday against Florida Atlantic. Caper missed the opener with a hand injury, but the Spartans got more than enough production from Edwin Baker and Le'Veon Bell.

Michigan, meanwhile, could be without two starters this week at Notre Dame.

Wide receiver Roy Roundtree is doubtful with internal bruising after taking a big shot from Connecticut's Blidi Wreh-Wilson early in the third quarter on a play where quarterback Denard Robinson did him no favors. Wolverines freshman Carvin Johnson, who started the opener at the safety-linebacker hybrid spot, is "very doubtful," according to coach Rich Rodriguez, with a sprained knee.

The status of Wolverines wide receiver Junior Hemingway (hamstring) is unclear, while safety Jared Van Slyke will miss the season with a clavicle injury, Rodriguez said Monday.

Depth will continue to be tested in Michigan's young secondary, which likely has lost cornerback Troy Woolfolk (ankle) for the season. Redshirt freshman Thomas Gordon or sophomore Floyd Simmons will step in for Johnson if he can't play, Rodriguez said.

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