The bad news keeps coming for the Michigan State linebacking corps.
A few days after Riley Bullough surprisingly sat out of the Spartans' big game against Wisconsin with an injury, fellow starter Jon Reschke will miss "significant time" with an ankle sprain, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio told reporters Tuesday.
There is better news on Bullough, who Dantonio said is day-to-day. Bullough was listed on the team's depth chart for this week's game against Indiana, though he was not listed as a starter.
Dantonio: Jon Reschke's out right now, probably for significant time,as he deals with an ankle sprain. (Riley) Bullough is more day-to-day.— Spartan Football (@MSU_Football) September 27, 2016
Bullough surprised by walking out of the tunnel in street clothes just prior to kickoff against Wisconsin. Big Ten Network reported during the broadcast that Bullough sustained his injury even prior to Michigan State's Week 3 win over Notre Dame and that it could keep him sidelined for multiple weeks.
It remains to be seen how that will play out, but certainly the Spartans could've used him against the Badgers, who behind a first-time starting quarterback in Alex Hornibrook had a stellar performance in a 30-6 win.
Bullough and Reschke have combined for 25 tackles and three tackles for loss, with Bullough playing in the first two games of the season and Reschke appearing in the first three. Reschke also has an interception and a forced fumble to his name.
Being without Reschke for a significant amount of time will be tough for the Spartans — Dantonio said Tuesday he's optimistic that the injury isn't season-ending — though that's made much tougher the longer Bullough stays on the sideline.
Plus, Michigan State is still working Ed Davis back into action. The senior had to wait until after the start of the season to learn if he'd receive an additional season of eligibility. Davis has played just very briefly this season, though he is listed on the depth chart. His return to form could be a big help, as Dantonio mentioned.
Dantonio: Hopefully we get Ed Davis back. He's getting better and better. It's an opportunity for people to grow.— Spartan Football (@MSU_Football) September 27, 2016
Iowa will be without its top receiver for the foreseeable future.
The Hawkeyes announced Tuesday that wideout Matt VandeBerg is out indefinitely after suffering a foot injury — reported Monday night to be a broken foot — in practice on Monday.
“It is unfortunate that Matt will miss some time due to his injury,” head coach Kirk Ferentz said in the announcement. “We know that Matt will work extremely hard to get back on the field as soon as possible. We feel confident that some of our younger receivers will step up in Matt’s absence.”
Iowa really can't afford to lose VandeBerg, who leads the team with 19 catches for 284 yards and three touchdowns through four games. Only one other player has double-digit catches: tight end George Kittle. Jerminic Smith and Riley McCarron are the next wideouts on the team's receiving list but have combined for just 13 catches on the season.
In his career, VandeBerg has 108 receptions for 1,282 yards and eight touchdowns.