Spartans' B.J. Cunningham injured

Updated: December 21, 2010, 12:56 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg |

Michigan State will be without receiver B.J. Cunningham for its Capital One Bowl matchup against Alabama (No. 16 BCS, No. 15 AP).

Cunningham suffered a broken foot during practice Saturday and underwent surgery Sunday. The junior led the Spartans (No. 9 BCS, No. 7 AP) with 50 catches and nine touchdown receptions and ranked second on the team with 611 receiving yards.

"B.J. Cunningham is a great competitor and he's extremely disappointed to be out for the Capital One Bowl," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said in a statement.

"Fortunately, wide receiver is a position of strength for this football team, so B.J.'s injury will provide opportunities for others to step forward and make plays for us offensively," Dantonio said.

Cunningham is expected to fully recover in time for the start of spring practice.

Adam Rittenberg covers the Big Ten for