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Irish Insights


Nicked up offensive line

Three Notre Dame offensive linemen were nicked up in Saturday night's 31-13 road victory over Boston College.

But during Sunday's teleconference, Irish coach Brian Kelly didn't sound too concerned about the injuries with the exception of one.

Kelly said left guard Chris Stewart had a contusion, center Braxston Cave sprained his ankle and right tackle Taylor Dever had a mild hamstring injury.

Stewart shouldn't be hampered by his injury, and Cave was moving around better and should practice Tuesday, Kelly said.

Dever had an ultrasound that looked good, but he will be monitored this week, according to Kelly.

"At that tackle position, that is one we will have to keep an eye on from day to day," Kelly said.

If any of the linemen's injuries gets worse at practice, Kelly said he has confidence in the backups.

"(Left guard) Chris Watt is a really physical player. He did a nice job inside, moves his feet very well, feel very comfortable if he is in the game," Kelly said. "Andrew Nuss is a very smart player. He is a veteran player, thought he filled in nicely. Maybe doesn't have the length that at Dever does at that position that we like, but a solid backup at that position.

"(Center Mike Golic Jr.), he played a little bit for Cave. The more and more I see Golic, the more he is capable of doing the things that we are asking him to do."