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Surgery set for Rudolph

Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph will have surgery Friday in South Bend, coach Brian Kelly said Wednesday.

The tendons in Rudolph's right leg snapped, separating his hamstring from the bone, in Saturday's 23-17 victory over Pittsburgh.

Kelly said Dr. Brian Rattigan, a former Irish and NFL linebacker, will perform the surgery.

"We will stay within the sports medicine program here in Notre Dame," Kelly said.

Kelly said he liked what he saw from tight ends Tyler Eifert, a former Bishop Dwenger standout, and Mike Ragone in practice, as they prepare to replace Rudolph.

"They are a great tandem and a complement," Kelly said. "They are going to fill in and do a really, really good job. I'm not concerned about that position."