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Floyd update

Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd, who has been limited this week because of a hamstring, looked really good during Thursday's practice, according to coach Brian Kelly.

This is good news for a team already missing two or its top three receiving threats as it prepares to play Navy on Saturday.

"Michael moved around a little bit today," Kelly told reporters after Thursday's practice. "He said he felt good. We didn't ask him to do too much. It was a little cooler out there today than we though, we had him move around a little bit out there today in practice."

Notre Dame is already without Theo Riddick (ankle), who is the second-leading receiver on the team with 38 catches for 406 yards and three touchdowns, and tight end Kyle Rudolph (hamstring), who is third on the team with 28 catches for 328 yards and three touchdowns.

Kelly said Floyd is still a game-time decision and that the weather will not play a major factor on if the receiver will or will not play against Midshipmen.

"Not for games, because we have so many modalities to get those guys ready, more so than practice," Kelly said. "We're going on the road to get ready to play a game. There will be treatment and all the things necessary. It's more in practice where you want to be careful."

Kelly also said if Riddick, Rudolph or both were available this week that might have factored in a little bit in the decision to hold Floyd out.

"I guess that could influence my thinking," Kelly said. "I try to look at it as an individual. If he thinks he can play and play at a high level, I want to play him every play that I can for the University of Notre Dame. I guess that is how I feel about it.

"I think he also feels like he has left a lot of games out there too due to injuries. You have two things going on here. Mike really wants to play because he has missed a lot of time the last two years. From my standpoint, I look at him individually, if he is healthy to play then get out there and play. We don't want to hold you back from playing."