Spartans LB Allen has foot surgery

Michigan State senior linebacker Denicos Allen underwent foot surgery on Tuesday and could miss at least part of spring practice, according to a report from MLive.com's Mike Griffith.

Allen reportedly injured his left foot during an early-morning winter workout on Friday. The injury is not considered serious, and Allen is expected to be ready to go for the start of the 2013 season. Michigan State begins spring practice March 19.

Allen finished third on the team last season with 79 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss and three sacks. The Spartans are well positioned to absorb a potential loss at linebacker with starters Max Bullough and Taiwan Jones returning, plus several promising young players at the position like Darien Harris, Riley Bullough and signees Shane Jones and Jon Reschke. If Allen does miss a significant portion of spring ball, that could give the youngsters more reps to hasten their development.