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Running back Amir Carlisle was granted a chance to start his Notre Dame career early after transferring from USC.

Unfortunately for the 5-foot-10, 180-pound back, he will still have to wait to get his career started with the Irish.

Carlisle suffered a broken bone in his ankle during non-contact drills last week, coach Brian Kelly said during a Tuesday news conference.

"It was in our voluntary 7-on-7," Kelly said. "He will be out for the spring. Nothing structurally major to the point where we are concerned about him. He will be ready to go for June when we come back for our summer conditioning."

Carlisle, who was granted a waiver by the NCAA so he doesn't have to sit out a year after transferring, battled knee and ankle injuries as a freshman at USC. He was limited to 118 rushing yards on 19 carries in eight games.

Former Bishop Dwenger standout Tony Springmann will also be limited in spring camp, according to Kelly.

Springmann, a 6-5, 280-pound defensive lineman, had a discectomy to repair a bulging disc.

"It sounds painful, but it's not that painful," Kelly said. "He is feeling really good. He's going to be limited in the spring, but we have big hopes for him, especially on the defensive side of the ball."

Two veterans will also be limited as they return from injuries. Defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore, who injured his knee last season, and center Braxston Cave, who injured his foot, have been cleared to participate in spring drills.

"Braxston Cave is doing very well," Kelly said. "What we want to be careful with him is that we don't put him in a position where he really has to stress that foot early on. He is moving well. He will be out there doing a lot of non-contact drills with the hope and possibility that he can play in the spring game."

Defensive end Chase Hounshell, who suffered a shoulder injury and had surgery in the off-season, will also be limited during the spring, but linebacker Anthony Rabasa and offensive tackle Tate Nichols, who also had shoulder injuries, have been cleared to play.

Running back Cameron Roberson is still recovering from a knee injury that he suffered in last year's spring practice that kept him out for the 2011 season.

"He will play a little bit in the spring," Kelly said. "He will get to do some things. He is still not at 100 percent."

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.