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MSU Fullback Josh Rouse Has Neck Surgery

Josh Rouse, a fifth-year senior fullback for Michigan State, injured his neck during Saturday's game against Western Michigan and underwent surgery on it this morning. The hope was that surgery wouldn't be necessary, but the operation was done Tuesday morning and all signs point to Rouse making a full recovery.

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Rouse, a fifth-year senior and starter from Newton, Conn., is lost for the season, but Dantonio said the prognosis from doctors is that he will have a full recovery.

"He’s an emotional leader of our team, and we will have him around," he said. "He won’t be in games, but we will have in meetings and he will go to games."

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Neck injuries are always scary situations, especially when they happen on the football field. While Rouse may be done playing football (because he's a fifth-year senior, not necessarily because of the injury) at MSU, the good news is that this injury isn't expected to have any negative long-term effects.