Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said Monday that forward Luke Harangody could possibly be out for the rest of the season.
Harangody suffered a bone bruise on his right knee in a loss to Seton Hall on Feb. 11, and the Irish have gone 2-2 in games he has missed.
And even though the Irish are coming off back-to-back wins over Top-25 teams, they defeated then-No. 12 Pittsburgh 68-53 at home Wednesday and then-No. 11 Georgetown 78-64 on the road Saturday, Brey is dismissing any notion that the team is better without the two-time All-American.
"That's kind of been the cool thing to talk about all week, and I don't agree with that at all," Brey said. "I'd love that guy to walk through the door at practice today, and with the development and confidence of (Carleton) Scott and all these other guys, and throw him back in there.
"The reality is this team has gotten really good minus him, and we have to prepare like we may not have him back."
The Irish have regular-season games remaining against Connecticut at home Wednesday and on the road against Marquette on Saturday.
If Harangody – who didn't plan to participate in practice Monday – doesn't play in the regular-season home finale against UConn, he likely will not play in the final regular-season game at Marquette.
"It feels fine right now. It feels 100 percent," Harangody said of his knee. "But with an injury like this, you never really know when it is really healed.
"I haven't talked to the medical staff today to see what is going to happen (about playing Wednesday)."