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Michigan State's Andrew Gleichert playing with broken wrist

Former walk-on will wear a cast through the rest of the season.

Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Michigan State tight end Andrew Gleichert will play Saturday's game against Iowa with a cast on his arm to protect a broken wrist sustained during the Spartans' last game at Indiana. According to MLive, the coaches expect Gleichert to wear the cast throughout the remainder of the season.

Gleichert is a former walk-on who was awarded a scholarship before this season after contributing to the Spartans' special teams in 2011. He has acted as a backup to junior Dion Sims through the beginning of the 2012 season, and caught one pass for eight yards in Michigan State's opening game against Boise State. Sims, who has been the team's top receiver to date, is doubtful for this week's game with a sprained ankle he sustained two weeks ago against Ohio State. Spartan offensive coordinator Dan Roushar said that the team will manage the tight end position by committee against Iowa, with redshirt freshman Paul Lang at the top of the depth chart.

Michigan State's homecoming clash with the Hawkeyes starts at noon ET Saturday.