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Bye week plan

Notre Dame has a week to heal physically and mentally before its next game.

The Irish do not play again until they take on Utah on Nov. 13 in Notre Dame Stadium.

It’s time the team needs after the death of Declan Sullivan, a videographer who died when the lift he was filming practice from Wednesday fell over in stiff wind, a second loss in a row that left it at 4-5 and a growing list of injuries to key players.

Coach Brian Kelly said players will get a break from practice this week.

Kelly said some of the players who have not played this season will scrimmage to give coaches a closer look at them, and that the Irish will use a day this week to prepare for Utah.

Players will have the weekend off.

“I think it’s important that they just get caught up in being a student,” Kelly said Sunday. “The athlete part needs to kind of wait a little bit here. I don’t mean for three or four days, but they kind of need a couple of days to be a student to get back into a normal routine. I think that is what I’m looking for more than anything else is

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