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Irish injury update

Notre Dame receiver DaVaris Daniels should be on the field when the No. 14 Irish play No. 17 Michigan in Ann Arbor on Saturday.

The 6-foot-1, 203-pound junior walked off the field limping early in the second quarter and didn't play again in Saturday's 28-6 win over Temple. Kelly said after the game that Daniels had a slight groin injury and was held out for precautionary reasons.

And when coach Brian Kelly held is teleconference Sunday, the coach said nothing had changed with Daniels, who caught two touchdown passes (both for 32 yards) and had a five-yard catch before getting injured.

"I just met with our doctors and staff, and very slight groin, Grade 1," Kelly said. "He's got full function today. He will get treatment most of the day.

"I think this is an injury that was at such a low level, he would have played if I allowed him to. I told him we're done for the day. We feel really strongly that he will be full-go on Tuesday."

Kelly wasn't sure if freshman quarterback Malik Zaire would be back in the mix this week.

Zaire was held out of practices last week and Saturday's game because of mononucleosis. Receiver Luke Massa, who was recruited as a quarterback, filled the No. 3 QB spot against Temple.

"We are going to get (Zaire's) lab report on Tuesday, and then we will know where we stand with him," Kelly said. "We're hopeful that we will get him back. His lab report is based upon the spleen and making sure there is no risk in rupturing the spleen when you are fighting mononucleosis. We'll get a better indication of that on Tuesday.

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.

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