Notre Dame enters fall break on a three-game winning streak and with plenty of injuries.
The Irish, who defeated Western Michigan 44-20 Saturday to improve to 4-3, are dealing with injuries to receivers Michael Floyd and Theo Riddick and safety Jamoris Slaughter as they prepare to face Navy (4-2) at noon Saturday in the Meadowlands.
Floyd is dealing with a hamstring injury, and Riddick and Slaughter have ankle injuries, coach Brian Kelly said Sunday.
Kelly said Floyd, who had a team-high nine catches for 157 yards with three touchdowns against Western Michigan, has a Grade 1 hamstring pull and will undergo further testing Sunday.
Slaughter will have an MRI after not progressing to the level Notre Dame needs him to after tweaking his ankle against Pittsburgh and being limited against Western Michigan, Kelly said.
Riddick had a clean X-Ray but will have an MRI Sunday to find out if there is further damage, Kelly said.
If Riddick cannot play Saturday, the Irish will have a new look at slot receiver.
“TJ Jones would probably be the guy who would move in there.” Kelly said. “(Former Bishop Dwenger standout John) Goodman would then go to X (an outside receiver spot). I’ve always tried to put the top four guys on the field. (Robby) Toma would back up the Z (slot). Bennett Jackson would back up the X.”
Notre Dame will continue to be without freshman linebacker Danny Spond because of a right ankle injury.
The Irish are also dealing with running back Armando Allen (hip flexor) and right tackle Taylor Dever (hamstring) being limited by injury.
On the somewhat positive side on the injury front, Kelly said tight end Kyle Rudolph’s surgery Friday to repair an injured hamstring in his right leg went well and there were no surprises.
“One of tendons was not pulled off, so obviously that is helpful,” Kelly said. “Whether that changes the timeline a great deal, I probably would say it doesn’t. We’re still looking at six months.”