Michigan State star freshman Gary Harris will miss 2-3 weeks with shoulder injury

Sparty fans worried Harris could be lost for the year, but that's not the case. (US Presswire)

It's not season-ending, so all you Michigan State fans can take a breath.

Stud freshman guard Gary Harris hurt his left shoulder on the first possession of the team's Tuesday night narrow 74-70 home win over Boise State.

Afterward, Tom Izzo was cautious with the forecast for one of his best young players. But after an MRI and X-ray Wednesday morning, the team announced Harris won't miss a significant amount of time. It'll be two weeks, maybe three, before he can get back on the court. Christmas would seem like the worst-case scenario.

Harris is currently leading the team in scoring at 16 points per game.

"It’s a shame. Gary was playing so well, and then he goes down with a freak injury," Izzo said in a statement. "We need to get him back as soon as his injury allows, but he is one of our toughest players. I know he’ll work as hard as he can on the rehab so that he can get back on the court."

Spartans fans are just relieved the injury isn't worse. Shoulders can be tough to evaluate right away, and sometimes they don't heal as quickly as expected. But it's not a multiple-month recovery, and so there's the best news possible for Michigan State right now.

The Spartans play next against Oakland at home on Friday.

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