Cook downplays hit to knee

Spartans quarterback says it was nothing too serious when he needed help off the field Friday night.

It does not usually happen that a coach says “Oh no” after a long touchdown play, but that is exactly what happened to Mark Dantonio on Friday night.

His junior quarterback Connor Cook had just completed a pass to senior wide receiver Tony Lippett for a 64-yard touchdown, but behind the play, Cook was down on the field.

Cook took a hit to the left knee and had to be helped off the field, but he said it was nothing to worry about after Michigan State’s 45-7 win against Jacksonville State.

“I got dinged up a little bit, but walked off the field and felt alright,” he said. “I got it checked out on the sideline and everything was alright. …

”Nothing too serious. It’s all good.”

Despite the fact it had the appearance of a potential knee injury, Cook said the only thing that got him spooked was that he had not been hit like that in a while.

”The game was going so fast,” he said. “I think initially I got up and I walked a little bit and the trainers told me to take a knee or to sit down.

”It was frightening because I haven’t really gotten hit like that in a while. It’s been almost a year.”

Cook came back in and threw for 285 yards on 12 of 13 passing with three touchdowns.

The Spartans had a trio of other players leave the game with possible injuries, as wide receiver MacGarrett Kings, offensive lineman Travis Jackson and running back Jeremy Langford.

Dantonio, who has a policy of not talking much about injuries unless they are season ending, said “I think (Kings) will be fine.”

He also said if Jackson’s injury causes him to miss time, true freshman Brian Allen would be the first guy to take his place.

“I think Brian is that next guy,” he said. “He was in there early in the game.”


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