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Irish Insights

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Lynch absent at practice

Notre Dame's ninth practice of the spring on Wednesday had a couple of noticeable players absent.

Defensive end Aaron Lynch was not at practice. The university said the sophomore-to-be was excused for personal reasons.

Linebacker Dan Fox was at practice, but he was not participating. The senior-to-be was walking with a crutch under his left arm.

Coach Brian Kelly will talk to the media after practice and will likely give some updates on Lynch and Fox.

The Irish were still without linebacker Prince Shembo, who has a turf toe injury on his left foot, and defensive lineman and former Bishop Dwenger standout Tony Springmann, who is recovering from back surgery, continues to work on the bike during the practice time open to the media.

After going through stretching, the Irish offense didn't go straight to tempo drill. Instead it worked on throws down the sideline.

Offensive coordinator Chuck Martin frequently told the receivers to go up and get the ball. He also stressed getting the ball over the receivers outside shoulder near the line to avoid interceptions.

Theo Riddick made a catch more difficult when he stopped his route to leap for the ball. While he came down with it, Martin pointed out that two more steps would have let him avoid having to make a circus catch.

When the offense went into tempo drills, the quarterback work was divided up between the four QBs. Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix shared first-team snaps, and Everett Golson and Gunner Kiel shared second-team reps.

The receivers for the first team were TJ Jones, Robby Toma and John Goodman. Tyler Eifert and Ben Koyack shared tight end duties. The line, from the left, was Zack Martin, Chris Watt, Braxston Cave, Mike Golic Jr. and Christian Lombard. Theo Riddick was at running back.

The receivers for the second team were Daniel Smith, Nick Fitzpatrick and Luke Massa. Alex Welch was the tight end. The line, from the left, was Jordan Prestwood, Nick Martin, Matt Hegarty, Connor Hanratty and Tate Nichols.

Be back with more after Kelly talks around 10 a.m.