Daily Feature: On The Mend

Jason Spriggs and Nick Mangieri are the two players that were able to use the bye week in the schedule to get a little extra time in preparation from injuries to potentially play this weekend against Michigan. Check out our weekly On the Mend feature for all of the details.

Every Tuesday at 9 a.m., AllHoosiers.com will have its ‘On The Mend’ feature that looks at Indiana injuries and how they could potentially affect the upcoming game of the week.

The bye week came at a good time for Indiana as it allowed left tackle Jason Spriggs another week to get healthy. If you remember in the fourth quarter against Michigan State, Spriggs had to be carted off the field in protective measures for what appeared to be a possible neck injury. He was released from the hospital later that night, however, and given the all clear.

The week off simply just gave him another week to get prepared for Michigan. IU coach Kevin Wilson said last week that he expected Spriggs to be able to start against the Wolverines.

Monday, in his weekly press conference, Wilson updated Spriggs’ situation.

"Nothing has changed,’’ Wilson said. “You know, Jason Spriggs is doing some light work and should play. We'll see as we really work tomorrow, Wednesday. He's been out there every day, and at the same time we haven't overdone it, and basically he just got -- went into almost that side -- not being a doctor, but I would say it was more of a whiplash hit. It wasn't a concussion. It wasn't really a stinger, nerve related. Just some spasming in the upper shoulder, so I think he'll be fine.’’

The only other person that appeared to maybe come out of the Michigan State game with an injury was linebacker Nick Mangieri who limped off with a knee injury in the second half. But Wilson said Mangieri appears to be OK, too.

"Yeah, he got a knee, kind of just got a little bit of a high-low,’’ Wilson said. “He came back and tried to play. We thought he was gimpy. He's been practicing. I wouldn't say he's full tilt yet, but I think by the time we go Tuesday, Wednesday, we'll see. And you got Zack Shaw and Robert McCray who played the rest of that Michigan State game in the second half. So we're three deep there. (Mangieri) was practicing (Sunday) night. I still think coaches are trying to be smart in situations, and (monitor) his confidence and strength level as we go this week. He should be good’’

Stay tuned next Tuesday for a new segment of ‘On the Mend.’ Tomorrow, AllHoosiers.com’s Ben Faunce will have our weekly ‘How They Fared’ feature that looks back at how Indiana recruits did in their games last week.

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