Michigan State starting quarterback Andrew Maxwell has a sprained right knee suffered in Saturday's spring scrimmage.
"He may or may not be back by the end of spring ball here," MSU coach Mark Dantonio said before today's practice. "We'll see how it goes early in the week next week. But with that (redshirt freshman) Connor Cook will have all the opportunities at quarterback, so you've got to look at it as an opportunity and a positive and build from that. A non-surgical thing with Andrew, sprained knee, and we'll move from there."
Dantonio made the case that it was better to happen to Maxwell, a 6-3, 212 pound redshirt junior, with three years in the offense, than Cook, the projected backup who must learn quickly.
"Connor needs the work," Dantonio said, adding Cook will likely play for bother teams in the spring game now so he gets more reps. He got a bit less than half of the first-team reps on Saturday, with many coming after Maxwell's injury.
The play happened as Maxwell was moving back after a snap in the scrimmage and "just sort of fell backwards."
Maxwell attended today's practice with an ace bandage wrapped around his knee but he was walking without any aid.
Saturday wasn't Maxwell's finest performance before the injury as he threw a pair of interceptions, but Dantonio said both were when cornerback Johnny Adams jumped the route (essentially gambling on the ball.)