Michigan State Football: 5 takeaways from Central Michigan win

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Sep 19, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans tight end Josiah Price (82) celebrates touchdown against the Air Force Falcons during the 1st quarter of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

5. Injuries are starting to pile up

Coming into week four’s game against Central Michigan, the Spartans had already lost Ed Davis and Vayante Copeland for the season while Kodi Kieler had been sidelined for at least a couple of games with a knee injury.

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After being so successful combatting the injury bug for the past few years, the Spartans just couldn’t escape bad luck on Saturday. Darien Harris has been battling nagging injuries at linebacker, but luckily he played, and played relatively well — more so against the run than the pass.

Junior tight end Josiah Price, however, wasn’t so lucky. He had his ankle rolled up on late in the game on a touchdown run by Gerald Holmes, ending his day early. It looks to be just a minor sprain right now, but he may be held out a game or two.

With Kieler out, the offensive line was already short-handed, and then Jack Conklin went down. He was out for the entire second half, coming out of the locker room in street clothes. Let’s hope this isn’t a long-term injury because he’s vital to MSU’s success this year.

Lastly, safety R.J. Williamson was also knocked out early. It’s unclear what his status is moving forward, but it’s obvious that MSU just can’t catch a break.

Next: 4. More receivers need to step up