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Nebraska vs. Michigan State: Status of 2 Spartans safeties up in the air

Mark Dantonio's Spartans could be without two key defensive backs this weekend against Nebraska due to injuries.

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Seeking to build momentum after their thrilling overtime win over Wisconsin, the Michigan State Spartans could be limited in their defensive secondary this weekend against Nebraska, according to a report by Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press.

Safeties R.J. Williamson and Jarius Jones continue to nurse ankle and leg injuries, respectively, and may not be able to suit up against the Cornhuskers in Week 10. Williamson, a redshirt freshman from Ohio, was banged up during the week leading up to Michigan State's game with the Badgers, while Jones has been out since going down against Indiana on Oct. 6.

"They’re both battling back, trying to get back soon. We’ll see," defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett said. "They’re both trying to push through it, and we’ll just have to see on game day."

Senior Mitchell White and sophomore Mylan Hicks should continue to see extended playing time if head coach Mark Dantonio's two safeties are unable to go. Hicks assumed Williamson's usual nickel spot against Wisconsin last week, and may be counted on again in the same role against a run-heavy Nebraska team.