Notre Dame will have its secondary intact when the No. 3 Irish (10-0) play host to Wake Forest(5-5) on Saturday.
Coach Brian Kelly said cornerback KeiVarae Russell, who suffered a head injury in last weekend's 21-6 win at Boston College, will practice today and play against the Demon Deacons.
"He was cleared today to participate," Kelly said during his Tuesday news conference. "He passed a number of his tests … his action test, which is the software test for the last hurdle for any concussions, he passed. He will practice today."
Russell, a freshman who was converted from running back to cornerback before the season began, has started every game. He is fifth on the team in tackles with 46 and has one interception.
The Irish will also have the full services of noseguard Louis Nix III, who was ejected late in the BC game.
"He was disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct," Kelly said. "Under the rule, he does not miss any time."
Kelly didn't waste any time talking up the Deacons.
Notre Dame played Wake Forest for the first time last season, coming away with a 24-17 victory at Winston-Salem, N.C.
"(Receiver Michael) Campanaro, on offense, gave us fits last year. (Quarterback) Tanner Price is very elusive in the pocket, can make plays, extend plays. (Josh) Harris is a veteran running back," Kelly said.
"Defensively, they throw a lot at you. You are going to get blitzed from every formation. We have to do a great job of making sure we protect our quarterback."
Notre Dame enters this weekend No. 3 in the BCS standings. Wake Forest is 1-32 all-time against teams ranked in the top five and is 0-18 against teams in the top three.