Burkland, who had started the first three games of the season, suffered a fracture/dislocation of his left ankle.
The Ohio native underwent successful surgery on Sunday and will be sidelined for approximately three months. His full return is expected in time to participate in the Spartans winter conditioning program and during spring drills.
The loss of Burkland pushes the Spartans to make changes to their offensive line with Fou Fonoti expected to take over the starting spot.
Early in the day, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said Micajah Reynolds would be moving back to the offensive line. Only a sophomore, Reynolds was a second-string offensive guard last season, but moved to the defensive line during spring drills.
Could this move possible see a move by right guard Chris McDonald out to tackle?
The loss of Burkland is a major blow to the Spartans with the Big Ten season set to start in two weeks.
How does Spartan Digest see this breaking down this weekend against Central Michigan and the rest of the season?
Expect Fou Fonoti to take over at right tackle for Burkland this weekend. McGaha's injury status is still unknown and more could be known on Tuesday during Dantonio's media briefing. Either way, Fonoti ws not brought to Michigan State to sit around and watch so we fully expect he'll get his chance to earn starts the rest of the way.
The Cerritos Community College transfer has good size to go with great physical ability. What he lacks is game experience and some technique work needed to have success at this level.
Fonoti is a hard worker and we would not be surprised if he takes extra reps after practice this week to be ready for his first career start.
Another player we'll have to keep an eye on is Henry Conway who has battled his own injury issues since arriving on campus.
Conway, a native of Ohio was not expected to be much of a factor this season coming off a major injury that sidelined him during the 2010 season. However, he did make the Spartans dress list for Saturday's game at Notre Dame.