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Notre Dame's Nicky Baratti, second from right, is congratulated by teammates after intercepting a pass

Irish may have lost safety for season

Notre Dame may be without a safety this season, according to reports.

Sophomore Nicky Baratti reportedly could be lost for the season because of a shoulder injury.

Irish Illustrated uncovered a Facebook post from Baratti's father, Clarke, that read, "You won't be seeing this again in 2013? … Nicky is out for the year." The caption was under a photo of Baratti making an interception in last season's game against Michigan.

Irish Illustrated and Irish Sports Daily both cited unnamed sources that said Baratti has a shoulder injury, with Irish Illustrated reporting that the injury is to the same shoulder that required offseason surgery and limited Baratti during spring camp.

Baratti posted a cryptic message on his Twitter account Sunday, that said, "Everything happens for a reason."

A Notre Dame spokesman said he could not confirm the injury. Coach Brian Kelly is scheduled to talk to the media Monday and will likely address Baratti's status.

The 6-foot-1, 206-pound Baratti was working with the Irish's second-team defense during Friday's open practice, but he was expected to push Elijah Shumate for a starting position along side last season's starter Mathias Farley.

Baratti played in 13 games last season, primarily on special teams, and he had eight tackles with the one interception.

If Baratti is lost for the year, it will be the second season in a row Notre Dame has lost a player in its secondary before the season begins.

Lo Wood was lost in fall camp last season to an Achilles injury, which forced Notre Dame to put running back-turned-cornerback KeiVarae Russell into the starting lineup.

Notre Dame would appear to be better equipped to handle the loss of Baratti this season.

Austin Collinsworth, who played on the second unit with Baratti on Friday, is back from shoulder and back surgeries that kept him out last season. The Irish will likely elevate Eilar Hardy or Max Redfield into the two-deep rotation.

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