Quarterback Jimmy Clausen and running back Armando Allen were not on the field during the 40 minutes of practice the media is allowed to watch.
Coach Charlie Weis said at his afternoon news conference that both players were going to be held out of Tuesday's practice and eased into work starting Wednesday.
Allen sprained his right ankle against Michigan State, and Clausen has turf toe on his right foot and has being wearing a protective boot around campus and will have a steel plate in his shoe to help relieve pressure from the injury.
Weis said Clausen would share reps with backup Dayne Crist, who took the majority of the reps Tuesday, on Wednesday. Clausen would then take most of the reps Thursday.
Third-string quarterback Evan Sharpley, the backup the last three seasons, took more reps with than usual Tuesday to "knock some rust off," according to Weis. Sharpley had mainly been running the show team to help Notre Dame prepare for opponents since the season started.
Clausen and Allen are expected to play Saturday when the Irish travel to play Purdue at 8 p.m.
Also, receiver Michael Floyd (shoulder) and fullback James Aldridge (shoulder) were not at the open part of practice. Floyd is done for the regular season after having shoulder surgery Sunday, while Aldridge, who has missed the last two games, will likely not play until Notre Dame plays host to USC on Oct. 17.
Now on to who was at practice, which was attended by scouts from the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Running backs coach Tony Alford checked in on Robert Hughes' weight when the backs and tight ends were running over cushions on the ground at the start of practice.
Alford got the starting fullback's attention by saying, "Hey, fat boy. How much you weigh today?"
I couldn't hear Hughes' answer, but Alford just raised an eyebrow and shrugged after Hughes told the coach his weight.
The order for the backs and tight ends running over the cushions was: Hughes, Jonas Gray, Kyle Rudolph, Mike Ragone, Bobby Burger, Tyler Eifert, Steve Paskorz, Jake Golic, Mike Narvaez, Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood.
When the receivers worked on coming off the line the groups were: George West Jr., Robby Parris and John Goodman; Golden Tate, Barry Gallup Jr. and Duval Kamara; Deion Walker, Shaquelle Evans and Roby Toma; Derry Herlihy, Dan Franco and Brian Coughlin; and Patrick Coughlin and Sam Vos.
The other drill I watched was receivers catching a pass and running through a group of teammates holding cushions to hit them with.
The order for the drill was: Parris, Tate, West, Evans, Gallup, Goodman, Walker, Kamara and Toma.
On the second time through, Tate was told to go again by receivers coach Rob Ianello because he didn't explode through the guys holding cushions fast enough.
"You were hoping I wasn't looking," Ianello said.
Coach Frank Verducci divided the line between guys on the right and the left side. The guys on the left side lined up on angle across the field and the guys on the right had to go down the line blocking each lineman. The linemen then flipped for the left side players to go down the line blocking each time.
Here was the order for the right side of the line: Sam Young, Eric Olsen, Trevor Robinson, Andrew Nuss, Taylor Dever, Mike Golic Jr., Zach Martin and Chris Watt.
The lift side order was: Paul Duncan, Chris Stewart, Dan Wenger, Braxston Cave, Matt Romine, Lane Clelland, Mike Hernandez and Alex Bullard.
Defensive quick hits
Pairings when working on covering receivers down the line: Raeshan McNeil covering Kyle McCarthy; Robert Blanton covering Harrison Smith; Gary Gray covering Ray Herring, Darrin Walls covering Zeke Motta; Jamoris Slaughter covering Michael Garcia; Sergio Brown covering Leonard Gordon; E.J. Banks covering Dan McCarthy; Nick Lezynski covering Mike Anello; Kael Anderson covering Brown; Ryan Sheehan covering Joshua Stull; James Redshaw covering Thomas Smith; and Andrew Plaska covering Chris Bathon
The second time through, safeties were added to coverage and the order went: Kyle McCarthy covering Redshaw; McNeil covering Sheehan; Harrison Smith covering Anello; Herring covering Bathon; Blanton covering Stull; Motta covering Lezynski; Gray covering Patrick Coughlin; Brown covering Thomas Smith; Walls covering Plaska; Slaughter covering Anderson; and Dan McCarthy covering Banks
The interior of the defensive line worked on breaking through the middle of an offensive line, here was the pairings for the two-on-four drill: Ian Williams and Ethan Johnson; Hafis Williams and Sean Cwynar; and Emeka Nwankwo and Paddy Mullen