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Michigan State Star Miles Bridges Out Of Walking Boot, Still Sitting With Sprained Ankle

A general view of Michigan State's football stadium

EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 12: A general view of the kickoff between the Oregon Ducks versus Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on September 12, 2015 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Miles Bridges injury update: one of college basketball's top freshmen, remains out with a sprained ankle, but the Michigan State star has taken a big step in his rehab.

Bridges will miss his fifth straight game when Michigan State hosts Oakland on Wednesday night, but he is out of his walking boot and is moving around well. From MLive.com:

Izzo said Bridges is about to begin testing his ankle and will likely undergo an MRI next week.

"He just got out of the boot, so the chances of him playing right away after Christmas are slim, but I don't know that," Izzo said. "If it were up to him, he's playing tomorrow night. So I have to watch that and make sure I do what's right for him in the long run, not him in the short run."

Michigan State has been up-and-down all year, and sits at 7-5, with losses to the four ranked teams on its schedule—Arizona, Kentucky, Baylor, and Duke—as well as a rough one to Northeastern on Sunday.

Before his injury, Bridges was averaging team-highs in points (16.8 per game) and rebounds (8.8). The Miles Bridges injury is not the only one plaguing Michigan State basketball this season. Forward Gavin Schilling, one of Tom Izzo's top returning veterans, is yet to play in 2016-17.

Oakland is Michigan State's final tune-up before Big Ten play. On Tuesday, December 27, the Spartans head to Minnesota to begin conference play.

[MLive.com]