Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly was feeling better Sunday after the Irish’s 28-3 upset of No. 15 Utah.
And it might not have been just because of the victory.
For the first time in a long time, Kelly was able to deliver positive news on injuries.
Kelly said linebacker Carlo Calabrese, who missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, and receiver TJ Jones, who was held out Saturday with a hamstring injury, should be available for this weekend’s game against Army in Yankee Stadium.
He also said linebacker Darius Fleming, who only played 12 plays against Utah after suffering a concussion, was cleared to return Sunday after a battery of tests.
There was also some good news on the long-range injury front in regards to slot receiver Theo Riddick, who has missed the last three games with an ankle injury.
“I think we got a really good shot at Riddick,” Kelly said of the receiver retuning for the season finale at USC on Nov. 27. “We are going to move him aggressively this week. He will be in a lot of drill work, straight line stuff, then we will start to move him laterally probably Thursday. I will get a really good feel for his availability for USC. We’re on track for him returning for the USC game.”
The return of nose guard Ian Williams from a knee injury wasn’t as clear.
“We will have to wait for the end of this week to know whether he can be braced up and still be active enough for the USC game,” Kelly said. “I would say Riddick would be closer than Ian Williams.”