Adreian Payne Injury: Updates on Michigan State Forward's Foot and Return

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2014

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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:

Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press reported Payne will attempt to return on Thursday:

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:


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:

Updates from Saturday, Jan. 25

Steve Grinczel of reports that Payne has a walking boot on his foot during Saturday's game vs. Michigan:

Updates from Friday, Jan. 24

Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press reports more of Izzo's thoughts on Payne:

Zach Smith of reports that Payne is officially out for Saturday's game:

Updates from Thursday, Jan. 23

Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press reports Tom Izzo does not believe Adreian Payne will play on Saturday:

Updates from Wednesday, Jan. 22

Tom Izzo updated Adreian Payne's status after last night's victory over Indiana (via Gillian Van Stratt of

"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."


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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:

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

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.