Two key Michigan State football players were not listed on the team’s 2021 spring roster, which was released this week. Chris Solari of The Detroit Free Press pointed out the absences on Tuesday, as the program opened up spring practice.

Offensive lineman Jordan Reid and tight end Matt Dotson were both missing from MSU’s spring roster.

Reid opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns. He started in every game for the Spartans in 2018 and 2019 and was expected to return for 2021 to finish out his college career. In February, head coach Mel Tucker said that Dotson planned to be back for the season, as well.

It’s a blow for Michigan State’s offense, as both are experienced players. Reid was arguably the top offensive lineman for Michigan State and Dotson would be a weapon in the passing attack.

Reid started in 27 career games for the Spartans. Last season, Dotson totaled 9 catches for 107 yards. He’s been credited with 41 receptions for 436 yards and 2 touchdowns during his time in East Lansing.

Michigan State began spring practice on Tuesday. The team will practice every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday until the team’s annual spring game on Saturday, April 24.