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Irish Insights


Thursday practice observations

Notre Dame held practice inside Thursday as South Bend was hit by heavy rain about a half hour into the hour open to the media.

The Irish had some walking wounded at practice.

Nose tackle Kona Schwenke had a large protective wrap around his right hand and forearm. The junior participated at practice.

Cornerback KeiVarae Russell had his left hand wrapped up, but he still worked with the second-team defense.

Linebacker Dan Fox had a brace on his left shoulder and linebacker Ishaq Williams also wore on a brace on his right shoulder. Both were able to practice.

Tight end Jake Golic had his right arm wrapped up.

Offensive tackle Tate Nichols didn't practice Thursday. He wore a brace on his left knee.

Linebacker Danny Spond, who was injured last week, was at practice but didn't participate.

Safety Jamoris Slaughter was kept away from contact. He didn't go through tempo with the defense and sat out 11-on-11. Matthias Farley took Slaughter's spot with the first team.

The quarterback situation didn't change, with Everett Golson and Andrew Hendrix sharing snaps throughout practice. Golson ran the first team through tempo drills, and Hendrix handled second-team duties.

The two split time with the first team during drills for the first hour of practice.

The rotation was quicker between Golson and Hendrix during 11-on-11 than in the last practice the media got to watch. The two were switching off behind center after two to three plays. Before, they were running more plays before rotating.

A familiar face joined the punt return unit, as former Bishop Dwenger standout John Goodman fielded punts with Theo Riddick, Cierre Wood and Davonte' Neal.

The defense was in full swing preparing for Navy, as the individual drills focuses on protecting their legs at the start of practice.

Today is media day, with coach Brian Kelly going first at 1:30 p.m., followed by players, then assistant coaches.

Plenty more to come on the blog later today.