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Getting healthy

Notre Dame will have nose guard Ian Williams back from a knee injury when the Irish play Miami in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31 in El Paso, Texas.

And the Irish are also anticipating having slot receiver Theo Riddick back at top speed for the bowl game.

Riddick missed four games with an ankle injury and was limited in the regular-season finale against USC. The sophomore was the team's second-leading receiver with 39 catches for 412 yards.

"I see Theo Riddick playing more of a role," coach Brian Kelly said. "We got him out there in the game and tried to manufacture a couple catches for him, but now he'll have more of a significant role.

Williams' return will greatly change the roles of Sean Cwynar, who moved into the starting nose guard spot, and Hafis Williams, who played both end and nose with Williams out.

"Ian will get as much work as he's able to get," Kelly said. "It's his last game playing for the University of Notre Dame and he's going to have to tap his helmet and yell real loud to come off the field."

The only other injured player Kelly said could be back for the bowl game will be walk-on Bill Flavin.

"There's an outside shot that we'll have Flavin back for long-snapping and short-snapping which was problematic for us, especially in the USC game," Kelly said.

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