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Mich. St.’s leading receiver out vs. Iowa

Dion Sims, Rod Smith, Etienne Sabino AP

As expected, Michigan State will be down its most significant weapon in the passing game this weekend.

Even as he left the door (very, very) slightly ajar, head coach Mark Dantonio acknowledged that it’s highly unlikely tight end Dion Sims will be available for Saturday’s game against Iowa.  Sims suffered a sprained ankle in the first quarter in the Spartans’ close win over Indiana and it was thought he would indeed be out for at least this week’s game.

“You just don’t know how that’s going to respond here in the next couple of days,” Dantonio said Tuesday. “I think he’ll know more when he starts testing, but I don’t think he’s playing this week.”

Sims’ availability beyond this weekend is still very much up in the air as well.

Through six games this season, Sims leads the Spartans in receptions (24), receiving yards (313) and touchdown catches (two).  he will be replaced in the starting lineup by Paul Lang, who caught the first and only pass of his career in last week’s loss to Ohio State.

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