Michigan State senior punter Jake Hartbarger will miss the next six to eight weeks as the result of a leg injury sustained in the Spartans’ loss to Arizona State on Saturday.
MSU coach Mark Dantonio told reporters Tuesday that Hartbarger is dealing with either a bone bruise or a fracture.
Hartbarger was injured when a Sun Devils player hit his leg on a play that was deemed dead after a false start penalty was called.
Redshirt freshman Rocky Lombardi filled in for Hartbarger for the rest of the game, totaling 32 yards on his one punt. Lombardi, the team’s backup quarterback, is expected to assume starting punter duties.
Hartbarger was averaging a career-high 48.8 yards through his first six punts this season.
No. 25 Michigan State travels to face Indiana in its conference opener next Saturday.
—Field Level Media