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Branden Dawson Injury: Michigan State Guard Could Be Playing Again By August

Michigan State guard Branden Dawson tore his ACL against Ohio State back in March, near the end of the regular season, and had successful reconstructive surgery a few days later.

A couple months later and Dawson is already claiming to be two months ahead of schedule, a schedule which usually entails at least eight months for recovery. Tom Izzo is already sharing that optimism [via MLIVE]:

"The knee is coming along great, but it's still a five-month process," Izzo told WOOD-TV's Jason Terzis when he recently was in Grand Rapids.

"Late in July he'll start being able to work out a little harder. Probably late in August he'll be able to start playing again. So you lose a summer, that's always scary. But he's a phenomenal athlete and he's handled this thing really well. I think he'll rebound just fine."

Dawson averaged over eight points on 58-percent shooting and four and a half rebounds in just under 21 minutes per game his freshman season.

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