Michigan State's electrifying returner/receiver Keshawn Martin has been out ever since injuring his knee against Northwestern. The injury forced him to miss the Iowa and Minnesota games, but he is on track to return Saturday against the Purdue Boilermakers. Martin said earlier this week that he is still experiencing some pain in his knee on cuts, but he has no intention of missing another game this season.
"By game time, I think I’ll be about 100 percent," he said. "It still hurts to do some stuff, but it’s much better than it was a couple weeks ago."
Defense end William Gholston has been dealing with a shoulder injury, and unlike Martin, he will not be on the field against Purdue on Saturday. Gholston had surgery earlier this week and is out for the season. Had surgery been delayed, it's possible he could have played in a bowl game, but Mark Dantonio felt that having him ready for spring ball was more important, which makes sense considering Gholston is a true freshman.
In other injury news, Michigan State also expects to have offensive guard Chris McDonald and linebacker Chris Norman back on Saturday. Both players missed the Minnesota game, but after having a week off because of a bye, the two are healed up enough to play against Purdue.