Notre Dame could get some players back for this weekend’s game at Pittsburgh, coach Brian Kelly said during his Sunday teleconference.
Outsider linebacker Prince Shembo, who missed Saturday’s game because of a family emergency, is expected to return to campus today.
“Things are looking positive,” Kelly said of Shembo’s situation. “He will be back on campus later today. He will be in classes on Monday, and he will be at practice”
Backup tight end Alex Welch, who had an infection in his foot and missed the last two games, is day-to-day Kelly said.
“It’s just making sure that those sutures that were just taken out, that he doesn’t open that thing back up,” Kelly said.
Kelly said he is optimistic that cornerback Lo Wood will be able to play against Pittsburgh. Wood finished Saturday’s game in sweats on the sideline because of a quad injury.
“The MRI was done this morning, we have some preliminary results. There is no ligament damage,” Kelly said. “He’s had a bit of a quad issue in terms of not being able to get full strength in the quad. It hasn’t affected him too much. We think we may have triggered something in that quad area. He’s had a hard time getting full flexion there. We are optimistic that it is not a major injury. … I won’t know for certain until we get the MRI back this afternoon.”
But the Irish (1-2), who defeated No. 15 Michigan State 31-13 Saturday, could still be missing some players when they travel to play Pitt.
Linebacker Danny Spond, who has a hamstring injury, is doubtful to play, and receiver Daniel Smith, who is dealing with a leg injury after being slowed during training camp by a hamstring injury, is being held out until he is 100 percent.
“We will get him back out there this week and see how he goes,” Kelly said of Smith. “He has not been able to give us 100 percent running out, so we shut him down until we get that.”