Updates from Thursday, Feb. 6
Spartan Radio's Adam Ruff has an update on Payne's playing status:
Tonight's starters for MSU: Trice, Harris, Valentine, Kaminski & Costello. Izzo says that Payne will be one of the first guys off the bench.— Adam Ruff (@Spartan_Radio) February 7, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Feb. 4
Matt Charboneau of The Detroit News reports Adreian Payne isn't sure whether or not he'll start against Penn State:
Payne not sure if he'll start vs. Penn State and will play "however long my body lets me."— Matt Charboneau (@mattcharboneau) February 4, 2014
Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press reported Payne will attempt to return on Thursday:
Tom Izzo says Adreian Payne did about "a third" of Monday's practice and "looked pretty good." Sounds like he will try to go Thursday.— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) February 4, 2014
Izzo expanded on Payne's health (via Rexrode):
"How much he'll play on Thursday, I wish I knew," said Izzo, who added that Payne has made "significant progress" with the foot.
"There's nothing more, medically, we can do," Izzo said. Payne's pain tolerance will be the key.
Updates from Monday, Feb. 3
Matt Charboneau of The Detroit News provides a statement from MSU head coach Dwayne Stephens discussing Adreian Payne's recovery:
MSU associate head coach Dwayne Stephens says Adreian Payne's status for Thursday still up in the air.— Matt Charboneau (@mattcharboneau) February 3, 2014
Stephens said Payne will participate in practice today, though he will be held out of certain drills ... not much contact— Matt Charboneau (@mattcharboneau) February 3, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Jan. 28
Andy Katz of ESPN has the latest on Adreian Payne's status:
Updates from Monday, Jan. 27
Rod Beard of The Detroit News, Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press and Matt Charboneau of The Detroit News provided statements from head coach Tom Izzo discussing Adreian Payne's injury status:
Izzo: "Payne is still a couple weeks out (from playing). He's still doubtful for Tuesday vs. Iowa."— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) January 27, 2014
Izzo says Payne is running with 80 percent of his weight on his foot. Hoping he's running in gym by middle of week.— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) January 27, 2014
Izzo said there is no benefit to sitting Appling at this point ... added if he could play Payne right now he would— Matt Charboneau (@mattcharboneau) January 27, 2014
Updates from Saturday, Jan. 25
Steve Grinczel of MSUSpartans.com reports that Payne has a walking boot on his foot during Saturday's game vs. Michigan:
MSU PF Adreian Payne takes the court, snow boot on one foot, medical boot on the other. Unless curling breaks out, he ain't playing.— Steve Grinczel (@GrinzOnGreen) January 25, 2014
Updates from Friday, Jan. 24
Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press reports more of Izzo's thoughts on Payne:
Izzo on Payne's future/caution:"I’m not gonna screw that up for him (or) our team -- no matter what those idiots put on Facebook or Twitter"— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) January 24, 2014
Zach Smith of MLive.com reports that Payne is officially out for Saturday's game:
Adreian Payne will miss the Michigan game due to his sprained foot. It will be his 5th straight game out of the lineup.— Zach Smith (@zachsmith317) January 24, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Jan. 23
Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press reports Tom Izzo does not believe Adreian Payne will play on Saturday:
Izzo says Payne's chances of playing Saturday are "slim to none."— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) January 23, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Jan. 22
Tom Izzo updated Adreian Payne's status after last night's victory over Indiana (via Gillian Van Stratt of MLive.com):
"Payne is a day-to-day deal," Izzo said late Tuesday night. "He's run twice. I don't know (if he'll play versus U-M). I don't know. I don't think he's playing, right now. He wants to play. I got the toughest coaching decision in my life to make as far that goes. Doctors have done their job, everybody else has done theirs.
"Me and him are going to sit down and talk about pain and talk about whether it would be right or it would be wrong."
And the Adreian Payne puns start now.
Some headlines write themselves, as the Michigan State star is in enough pain that he may miss the Spartans' next game against the No. 21 Michigan Wolverines on Saturday, Jan. 25, per Zach Osterman of The Indianapolis Star:
Izzo says Adreian Payne "is a day-to-day deal." Says he "doesn't think" he'll play Michigan, at least as of right now.— ZachOsterman (@ZachOsterman) January 22, 2014
Payne missed Michigan State's 71-66 win over the Indiana Hoosiers on Tuesday night after he sprained his foot. Earlier in the week, head coach Tom Izzo said, "There's some of me that doesn't see him playing for two weeks," per ESPN.com.
The senior forward is second on the team in points (16.2) and rebounds (7.7) per game.
It will be important that the Spartans get Payne back as soon as possible. They play No. 10 Iowa in one week's time and then have a nonconference game against Georgetown after that.
That's a tough stretch of games that will be even tougher if Payne is out for each game.