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Mel Tucker addresses Xavier Henderson-Darius Snow injury situation

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On Friday night, Michigan State football defeated Western Michigan 35–14 to kick off the 2022 campaign. However, the triumph was slightly tainted by two injuries to the Spartans' defence.

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In the second quarter, both starting linebacker Darius Snow and starting safety Xavier Henderson departed the game. Neither player later returned.

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During the second half, photographer Adam Ruff provided an eye witness of Snow's condition, noting that the junior was seated in a wheelchair with a towel covering his head and face.

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Additionally, some eyewitnesses claimed that in the second half, Henderson was in street clothes, on crutches, and wearing a brace on his right leg.

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Tony Garcia of the Detroit Free Press captured video of Henderson leaving the game with crutches and a brace.

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In his post-game press conference, head coach Mel Tucker did not provide a detailed update on the condition of Snow or Henderson going forward.

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Tucker is obviously reluctant to discuss his injury status or any potential problems, but if Michigan State anticipates Henderson and/or Snow missing a sizable amount of time,

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In particular, Tucker was pleased with the Spartans' communication on that side of the ball as they adjusted to playing without two starters for the first half of the season opener.

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I didn't notice a significant decline in communication, Tucker remarked. "I saw poise from the guys that were there, and Scottie was doing a wonderful job of getting in the call early so they could be lined up, so they could take in the material, and then they could have time to talk," the speaker said.