Michigan State's latest injury update on big man Nick Ward isn't a good one. The Spartans may have lost a key contributor for an extended period of time.
Ward injured his left (shooting) hand during today's 62-44 win over Ohio State. What was originally described by head coach Tom Izzo as "a dislocated finger or something" is in fact a hairline fracture.
According to a Michigan State release, there is no timetable for Ward's return. The team is hopeful he will return before the end of the season.
Ward suffered the injury late in the first half, per MSU. He did not start the second half and made a brief appearance before sitting out the last 13 minutes of game action.
Ward is averaging 15.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game this season. The junior scored nine points and pulled down six boards this afternoon.
Michigan State has already lost veteran shooting guard Josh Langford for the season due to injury. If Ward misses the rest of the year as well, it would be another blow to the team's title hopes.
With Ward out of action, sophomore Xavier Tillman and freshman Thomas Kithier will likely be pushed into larger roles for the 11th-ranked Spartans.