Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd plans on playing Saturday when the Irish (4-3) travel to New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., to take on Navy (4-2).
Notre Dame's leading receiver, with 44 catches for 624 yards and six touchdowns, has been mostly a spectator during Tuesday's and Wednesday's practices as he tries to recover from a Grade 1 hamstring injury.
"I'm saying right now that I'm going to play," Floyd said Wednesday. "I don't know how much I'm going to play, but we will see."
Floyd said he injured his hamstring either last Wednesday or Thursday at practice.
His production wasn't hampered by the injury in last Saturday's 44-20 win over Western Michigan. Floyd had nine catches for 157 yards and three touchdowns.
But it wasn't as easy as it looked.
"It hurt a lot," Floyd said of his hamstring. "But we got the victory, and I didn't mess up too much of my leg, so I'm good."
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said Floyd has been focusing mostly on the mental preparation for this week's game while doing some light running the first two days of practice.
"He wants to get out there, but we are not going to do anything with him until (Thursday). We will move him around (Thursday)," Kelly said. "Again, I don't want to do much with him until game time and see how he feels. They think if we give him 72 hours that the treatment that we put him on should put him in a pretty good position for Saturday. Then we will see how he looks on Saturday."
If Floyd can't go, senior Duval Kamara will step into his place.
Kamara has played in five games, but he has only one catch for 12 yards this season.
Kelly said he is not worried about having to use Kamara against Navy.
"We have a lot of confidence in him," Kelly said. "He's got a lot of football under his belt. My expectation for him is if he has to come in and play, he will play well for us."
Notre Dame should also have running back Armando Allen back to close to full strength Wednesday.
The Irish's leading rusher had no yards on three carries against Western Michigan last week because of a hip flexor injury.
"He is much better," Kelly said of Allen. "He had that cortisone shot, which takes about two or three days, he had it on Thursday. Saturday, he was still sore. He feels much better."