Rick Ray raved about having a full roster prior to Mississippi State starting practice on Oct. 3.
That is no longer the case as two Bulldogs will miss the remainder of the preseason. Junior guard Craig Sword will miss 4-6 weeks following back surgery and junior forward Johnny Zuppardo will miss the 2014-15 season with a torn meniscus and ACL in his left knee.
Sword has been the Bulldogs leading scorer the past two seasons and will have surgery Thursday in Nashville to repair irritated nerves caused by a bulging disk.
Zuppardo transferred in from Jones County Junior College and will undergo surgery in the coming weeks. He will seek a medical hardship.