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Irish Insights


Irish are healthy entering weekend

Notre Dame's long list of injured players after last weekend's 20-17 win over Purdue was cut to one player this week.

Irish coach Brian Kelly told reporters Thursday that only kicker Nick Tausch will not play when No. 20 Notre Dame (2-0) travels to play No. 10 Michigan State (2-0) on Saturday night.

Tausch missed the game against Purdue because of groin injury. Kyle Brindza, who connected on two of three field goals, including the game winner, against Purdue, will handle place kicking duties against the Spartans.

As for the rest of the Irish players injured against the Boilermakers – tight end and Bishop Dwenger grad Tyler Eifert (concussion), safety Jamoris Slaughter (shoulder), defensive ends Kapron Lewis-Moore (calf) and Sheldon Day (cramps), linebackers Manti Te'o (sternum) and Ishaq Williams (elbow), quarterback Everett Golson (thumb) and receiver DaVaris Daniels (ankle) – Kelly said they will all be able to play.

Kelly said he was pleasantly surprised by Daniels this week as the sophomore recovered quickly from his ankle injury.

"We were not sure what we were going to get from him," Kelly said. "You know, first-time injured guys, you kind of have to see how that plays out. But he did a pretty good job.

"He actually practiced (Wednesday), which was a surprise. We thought we were going to wait on him until Thursday. So he's going to be all right."

Kelly said he was careful with Golson at the start of the week as the sophomore recovered from his thumb injury.

"Tuesday we didn't do any direct snaps with him," Kelly said. "But (Wednesday), he was full-go and probably had as good a day (Wednesday), and then followed up with a very strong day (Thursday). So we're pleased with his last couple of days."

Notre Dame will also be getting an outside linebacker back this week as Danny Spond will be available to play against Michigan State. Spond didn't play in the first two games because he was dealing with migraines.

Kelly said Spond's return will not change how he uses the linebackers much, but he also wasn't sure if Spond or Ben Councell would start at one of the outside spots.

"It just gives us the two-deep that we want, (Spond) and Ben (Councell)," Kelly said. "So we've got (Dan) Fox and (Carlo) Calabrese at the Will and Manti and (Jarrett) Grace at the Mike. Everything is balanced off there pretty good."