SOUTH BEND – Nicky Baratti's sophomore season at Notre Dame ended before it began.
Coach Brian Kelly said Monday the safety suffered a shoulder injury and will be out for the season.
"He dislocated his shoulder in practice Saturday, and he will need surgery to repair it," Kelly said. "He is lost for the season."
The possibility that Baratti could be out for the season began circulating Sunday night after his father, Clarke, posted a picture of the safety making an interception against Michigan last season with the caption, "You won't be seeing this again in 2013? … Nicky is out for the year."
Baratti played in 13 games last season, primarily on special teams. He had eight tackles to go with his interception.
The 6-foot-1, 206-pounder was working with the second-team defense alongside Austin Collinsworth on Friday, when practice was opened to the media.
Baratti, who was slowed in spring practice because of surgery on his shoulder, was expected to push Elijah Shumate for a starting spot alongside returning starter Mathias Farley.
With Baratti out, the Irish will likely elevate junior Eilar Hardy or freshman Max Redfield up the two-deep depth chart.