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Sorting through injuries

Notre Dame players with the last name Gray headline the Irish’s walking wounded.

Cornerback Gary Gray is dealing with a foot injury, and running back Jonas Gray, who didn’t make the trip to Boston College last week, is trying to get over a knee strain.

“All year, we’re going to have to just be careful with him,” Kelly said Gary Gray. “He’s got a steel plate in the shoe to prevent that soreness from growing. We’ve got him on a bone stimulator, we’re doing a lot of stuff with him. He’ll be fine on Saturdays, we just have to be careful with him during the week.”

The offensive line appears to be OK after center Braxston Cave (ankle), left guard Chris Stewart (knee) and right tackle Taylor Dever (hamstring) were nicked up against the Eagles.

“Cave took every snap (Wednesday in practice),” Kelly said. “Dever moved around much better (Wednesday), he did not contact today. We'll get him in contact (Thursday). Stewart, we’re spelling him. He’s got just a knee bruise, though. He doesn’t have any structural damage. So just pretty typical bumps and bruises.”

Center Dan Wenger, who suffered two concussions before the season started, saw a specialist at the University of Michigan on Wednesday, and Kelly said he expects to have a decision on the senior’s future in football soon.

“I’ve got some preliminary reports, and I want to talk to him first before I make any announcements,” Kelly said Wednesday. “But we’ll have an announcement here in the next 24 hours relative to his status.”