Michigan State had an oddly timed bye week.

A Week 2 bye isn’t ideal, but it did give the Spartans some extra time to prepare for its showdown against Notre Dame. It also might’ve given Ed Davis the extra time he needed to get back up to speed.

Mark Dantonio delivered the news last week that Davis was finally granted his sixth year of eligibility. On Tuesday, Dantonio delivered some more good news about Davis.

He won’t start, but he is expected to play on Saturday at No. 18 Notre Dame.

Davis was finally allowed to be a full-partcipant in practice last week after he got his sixth year. Before then, he was a student assistant.

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The question now with the former preseason All-American linebacker is health. The reason Davis was granted a sixth year was because of injuries that derailed two seasons. Last year, he tore his anterior cruciate ligament during fall camp, which wiped out his entire 2015 season.

Dantonio said that Davis is still “working through some things” but that he needed to get him ready to go for Saturday. How many snaps Davis gets and how effective he’ll be is another question.

The MSU depth chart listed Davis as the No. 2 strong-side linebacker behind junior Chris Frey, who started there in the season opener against Furman.

Jon Reschke was also listed as No. 2 weak-side linebacker after missing the season opener with a hand injury. Andrew Dowell will start in his place.

The No. 12 Spartans will battle No. 18 Notre Dame on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC.