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Notre Dame's banged up secondary appears to be on the cusp of getting closer to full health.

Irish safety Jamoris Slaughter, who only played in an emergency against Michigan State on Saturday after missing the Michigan game with an ankle injury, is expected to be able to play this weekend when Notre Dame plays host to No. 16 Stanford.

Slaughter is listed as the starting safety for Saturday's 3:30 p.m. home game. The junior made a brief appearance against Michigan State when safety Zeke Motta had an equipment problem.

"It looks like that is going to happen," coach Brian Kelly said during his Tuesday news conference of Slaughter returning to the lineup. "If you are asking me today before practice, that's what looks like is going to happen. We will have a great feeling after practice today.

"We really liked the fact when we needed somebody to go in at safety, Zeke had an equipment problem, Jamoris ran into the game without anybody putting him in the game. He is anxious to get back out there. He is moving much better. (Monday) when moved around a little bit, we don't do a lot, the observation is that he is going to be able to start for us."

Notre Dame has been without Slaughter and Dan McCarthy, who as a hamstring injury, the last two games.

Kelly didn't have any other injuries to report Tuesday, saying players mainly have bumps and bruises.

"We will protect some guys," Kelly said. "I think it should be all hands on deck Saturday."