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SOUTH BEND – Notre Dame defensive lineman Tony Springmann will miss the season opener against Temple on Aug. 31.

Coach Brian Kelly said Saturday that the former Bishop Dwenger standout suffered injury to his left knee and will undergo an MRI soon to find out the extent of the damage.

"Any time there's a knee involved, you are always concerned. I can't give you any definitive information," Kelly said. "That's probably one we're a little bit more concerned with."

Springmann was at practice Saturday with his knee in a brace and walking around the field without crutches.

The 6-foot-5, 296-pounder played in 13 games last season. He had 11 tackles with two tackles for loss and a sack.

"We don't know the severity of that until we get all of the information," Kelly said of Springmann's injury.

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.