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Lynch expected to return Monday

Notre Dame defensive end Aaron Lynch's absence from practice Wednesday caused quit the stir.

The sophomore-to-be was excused from practice to deal with personal matters and is expected to return Monday.

"We excused him from practice today, he needed some time to straighten out some personal matters at home," coach Brian Kelly said after practice. "There were rumors that he quit or transferred or went pro. All of that is not true."

Lynch's whereabouts are not certain. The Chicago Tribune reported that he returned to Ohio, where his family now lives, but was expected to go to Florida.

Lynch's mother, Alice, tried to end rumors about her son by posting on Twitter, "Aaron is at home with me and isn't in no Florida. Stop the rumors!!!!!!!"

Lynch was involved in a practice altercation with offensive lineman Tate Nichols on Saturday, the Tribune and Irish Illustrated reported citing unnamed sources.

The reported incident doesn't appear to be a factor in Lynch's absence from the team.

When asked when the Irish expect the lineman, who led the Irish with 5 1/2 sacks last season, to return, Kelly confidently stated, "He's coming back Monday night."