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Irish go indoors

Notre Dame moved indoors Friday for its sixth spring practice as an overcast day threatened rain at any moment in South Bend.

The move indoors pushed us up to the balcony inside the Loftus Sports Center, making practice viewing a little trickier than normal.

The biggest observation during the opening 30 minutes of practice was the absence of Prince Shembo. The linebacker had a walking boot on his left foot.

Coach Brian Kelly will talk with the media around 10 a.m. today and will likely update us on Shembo's condition.

With Shembo out, Ishaq Williams moved up to the first-team defense during the nickel and dime sets that started practice. Williams was on the opposite side of outside linebacker Justin Utupo. Manti Te'o and Carlo Calabrese were in the middle linebacker spots, Stephon Tuitt and Aaron Lynch were on the line and the defensive backs were Lo Wood, Bennett Jackson, Zeke Motta, Jamoris Slaughter and Jalen Brown.

When the defense broke up for position drills, the defensive line was closes to the balcony. The linemen started by working on coming off the edge quickly.

Stephon Tuitt stood out during the drill with his quick hands to knock down coach Mike Elston's arms, which were in foam sleeves, and the speed he got around the coach.

After the edge rushing drill, the linemen worked on shedding a block and tackling a running back. There will be a video posted of part of this drill later on Irish Insights.

Defensive coordinator Bob Diaco worked with linebackers and defensive backs on coverage during the open practice session.

Dan Fox and Manti Te'o pleased their coach by dropping into the correct coverage in the middle of a box formed by the defensive backs.

A quick look at the offense during tempo drills showed no change with the quarterbacks. Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix shared reps with the first team, and Everett Golson ran the second team with Gunner Kiel in relief.

Be back with more after Kelly talks to us.

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