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Irish getting healthy

Allen

Unlike last week, when Charlie Weis announced receiver Michael Floyd’s season-ending surgery, Notre Dame’s coach had good news when talking about the health of his players during his Sunday news conference.

Running back Armando Allen, who was held out of Saturday’s 24-21 win at Purdue with a sprained right ankle, appears to be ready to play in this weekend’s home game against Washington.

Allen leads the team with 339 rushing yards and has three touchdowns.

“Armando surprised me how close he looked in pregame (against Purdue),” Weis said.

“I think he could have played against Purdue, and I think he will be ready to go Tuesday (at practice). I don’t think there will be any limitations.”

Quarterback Jimmy Clausen, who led Notre Dame to victory on the final drive against Purdue, is doing better than he was last week after he suffered a turf toe injury on his right foot against Michigan State on Sept. 19, according to Weis.

Weis said he may limit Clausen in practice this week.

“What we are going to do is get through this week’s game, and the next week of the bye week, I’ll just try to hold him for the week,” Weis said. “We are in this for the long haul, and there is only so much rest you can give at this time of year. That rest is going to come next week.”

Notre Dame (3-1) plays host to USC on Oct. 17 after the Oct. 10 bye.

Weis was mum when it came to freshman running back Cierre Wood and junior kicker Brandon Walker not making the trip to Purdue. Both traveled to Michigan on Sept. 12.

“It wasn’t anything he did bad or good. He just didn’t make the trip,” Weis said of Wood.

Walker was replaced by freshman kicker Nick Tausch before the season started.

“He didn’t make the trip either,” Weis said without elaborating.

tkrausz@jg.net

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