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Irish star tight end might get time off

Notre Dame might have a different look at tight end when it plays host to Western Michigan (2-3) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Kyle Rudolph, who had five catches for 38 yards in last weekend’s 23-17 win over Pittsburgh (2-3), is struggling with a hamstring injury, and coach Brian Kelly said a decision to hold out the 6-foot-6, 265-pounder might be made this week.

“We just want to see him get better,” Kelly said during his Sunday teleconference. “If that means we have to shut him down, we will shut him down.”

The Irish (3-3) would turn to Mike Ragone and Tyler Eifert, a former Bishop Dwenger standout, if Rudolph is held out.

Ragone had an 11-yard reception against Pitt but also dropped a pass that would have likely been a first down with 1:52 to play. Eifert has been bothered by a shoulder injury.

“(Ragone hasn’t played a lot and it showed,” Kelly said. “We got to get (Eifert) ready this week. It is one of those things where he’s just got to manage it a little bit better.”