MSU hopes to have Fowler back

Senior wide receiver did not play against Purdue with hamstring injury suffered in victory against Indiana.

Michigan State senior wide receiver Bennie Fowler has emerged as a strong player for MSU this season, but the Spartans were without him Saturday against Purdue.

Fowler, who suffered a hamstring injury in the second half of MSU's 42-28 win against Indiana, sat out as MSU beat Purdue 14-0.

On Tuesday, coach Mark Dantonio said MSU hopes to have him this week.

"We will see how it plays out," he said. "I guess you could say he is questionable, but we expect him to practice."

Fowler has 18 catches for 238 yards and is tied with a team-high three touchdowns.

Jones not back – yet

Michigan State lost linebacker Jairus Jones to an MCL injury during its game against Notre Dame and the senior isn't practicing yet, Dantonio said.

"He thinks he'll practice maybe the bye week, but I just don't know," Dantonio said. "I would think that he's a late-season guy if we get him back. Right now he's not in pads. I think that's the fair thing to say.

"When I asked him last week, he though he'd be ready for the bye week."

Jones had two interceptions in MSU's season-opening win against Western Michigan.

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