Friday December 19th, 2014

Michigan State forward Branden Dawson has a fractured left wrist and will miss at least the team's next two games, the team announced Thursday.

The fracture is "stable" and "non-displaced," according to the program, and Dawson could return in time for the Spartans' Big Ten opener on Dec. 30 against Maryland.

Dawson sustained the injury in Michigan State's win over Eastern Michigan on Wednesday, at which time the team called it a sprain and said Dawson would undergo further testing.

With 15:30 remaining in the second half, the senior fell awkwardly on his wrist after a dunk attempt. Dawson went to the locker room and later returned to the bench with his left hand wrapped in ice but did not check back into the game.

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Dawson broke the same hand last season, an injury which forced him to miss nine games before he returned toward the end of February.

The Spartans went on to defeat the Eagles 66-46 on Wednesday night. Dawson had four points and seven rebounds in 18 minutes.

Dawson is Michigan State's leading rebounder (8.5) and is tied for third on the team in scoring (11.6).

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Michigan State plays Texas Southern and The Citadel in its next two games. The Maryland game is next after that.

The Spartans are 8-3 this season after defeating the Eagles on Wednesday.

Ben Estes

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