Michigan State’s Branden Dawson suffers sprained left wrist in win over Eastern Michigan

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One season after a right wrist injury limited the effectiveness of then-point guard Keith Appling, a key piece for the Michigan State Spartans injured his left wrist Wednesday night.

Forward Branden Dawson, who entered the team’s game against Eastern Michigan averaging 11.6 points and a team-high 8.7 rebounds per game, suffered what was diagnosed by the program as a sprained left wrist early in the second half of the team’s 66-46 win over the Eagles. Dawson attempted to brace his fall on a dunk attempt and landed on the wrist.

“Branden Dawson has a sprained left wrist and will not return,” Michigan State stated via its Twitter account Wednesday night. “Further tests to follow.”

Dawson, after heading back to the locker room to have the injury looked at, sat on the Michigan State bench icing his wrist for the remainder of the game. Interestingly enough, Dawson’s injury occurred on the same night that a player who is expected to improve Michigan State’s depth at forward, 6-foot-5 freshman Javon Bess, made his season debut.

Bess, who missed Michigan State’s first ten games after injuring his right foot in late October, scored just one point in the nine minutes he played Wednesday night but did manage to grab five rebounds.