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Getting healthy

Notre Dame running back Armando Allen and right guard Trevor Robinson are expected to return from ankle injuries when the Irish travel to play No. 8 Pittsburgh at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Allen, who hasn't played in the last two games, said the two weeks off allowed him to build up strength. He declined to say whether he could have played against Navy.

"I felt great running around (Tuesday at practice)," Allen said. "It was exciting to be out there with the guys and be out there practicing."

Robinson was available for last weekend's 23-21 loss to Navy in an emergency situation. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound sophomore said if someone else were injured, he would have gone in.

When Robinson was injured against Washington State on Oct. 31, he said he thought it was more than a sprained ankle.

"I don't know if it's good or bad, but my initial reaction is always it's a lot worse than it really is," Robinson said. "It was a little scary. I couldn't put any weight on it. We went in and X-rayed it right away, and everything was negative. It got better faster than they thought."

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