Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio delivered some bad news for the Spartans defense at his Tuesday news conference.
Outside linebacker Jon Reschke will be out for an extended period of time with what Dantonio called a “severe” ankle injury, which Reschke appeared to suffer in the third quarter of Saturday’s 30-6 loss to Wisconsin.
In his second season as starter, the junior missed the season opener against Furman with a left hand injury but returned against Notre Dame to lead the Spartans in tackles while also recording his first career interception.
Dantonio could not provide a timetable on when Reschke could return, but the coach said, “I’m optimistic that we’ll get him back by the end of the year.”
Meanwhile, fellow LB Riley Bullough is “day-to-day” with an undisclosed injury, Dantonio said.
“We’ll see how that goes as we move through the week, but we’ll make an announcement prior to the game as to whether he can or cannot go,” said Dantonio.
Bullough, a senior, had not missed a game at Michigan State since redshirting as a freshman until last Saturday when he did not dress against Wisconsin. After starting the first two games of the season, Bullough is now listed as No. 2 at middle linebacker on the Spartans depth chart behind junior Shane Jones, who started in Bullough’s absence against the Badgers. Sophomore Andrew Dowell is expected to start in place of Reschke. Dowell started against Furman and has 14 tackles, one sack and one interception this season.
Dantonio also said he is hopeful of getting senior LB Ed Davis back this week. Davis was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA after missing last season with a torn ACL suffered in preseason camp. He has dressed against Notre Dame and Wisconsin but has played sparingly in those two games. Davis made 7 sacks and 12 tackles for loss in 2014 when he started 12 of 13 games.