Lawrence Thomas out at least a week

Updated: August 11, 2011, 9:32 PM ET
Associated Press

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State linebacker Lawrence Thomas is expected to miss at least a week with a bruised shoulder.

Thomas, a freshman, was perhaps the most heralded member of coach Mark Dantonio's latest recruiting class. The Detroit's Renaissance High School product was a member of The Associated Press Top 100 at the beginning of last season.

Michigan State needs to replace two standout linebackers. All-American Greg Jones and Eric Gordon were both seniors last season.

The Spartans open the season Sept. 2 against Youngstown State.

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