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Michigan State loses leading picker for six weeks

Jairus Jones, Ryan Eppes AP

Moved to linebacker from safety during spring practice, Jairus Jones started for Michigan State in the loss to Notre Dame Saturday.

Unfortunately, that’ll be his last playing time for the foreseeable future.

Head coach Mark Dantonio confirmed on a teleconference Sunday night that Jones will miss the next six weeks due to an injured knee. Specifically, Dantonio said, “Jairus has an MCL right now.”

Jones’ career with the Spartans has been marked by injuries of late.

After redshirting as a true freshman in 2009 and appearing in 12 games the following year, Jones tore an Achilles in spring practice and missed the first eight games of the 2011 season. He started the first six games at safety in 2012 before an injury cost him the last six games of the year.

Jones leads the Spartans with two interceptions. Both of those came in the season opener against Western Michigan.

Junior Taiwan Jones will be expected to replace Jones in the starting lineup.

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