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Notre Dame injury update

Tony Springmann

Notre Dame defensive end Sheldon Day appears to be ready to fully contribute again.

The sophomore started the first three games, but he missed the Irish's win over Michigan State on Sept. 21 and loss to Oklahoma on Sept. 28 and played sparingly in a win over Arizona State on Oct. 5 because of a sprained ankle.

Coach Brian Kelly said during his Tuesday press conference that Day should be ready to play when Notre Dame (4-2) plays host to USC (4-2) on Saturday night.

"He practiced on Monday, and we expect him to play on Saturday," Kelly said.

Kelly also provided updates on other injured players during his press conference.

The coach said defensive lineman and former Bishop Dwenger standout Tony Springmann is still in the early stages of his rehabilitation process after requiring surgery after suffering a knee injury in fall camp.

"He suffered an infection, and he had to battle through that but has made some progress here in the last couple of weeks," Kelly said.

Kelly also said that linebacker Jarrett Grace, who suffered a broken leg against Arizona State and remained in Dallas after surgery, returned to camps last Tuesday.

Receiver Daniel Smith, who suffered a fractured ankle against Arizona State, had successful surgery after the swelling went down, Kelly said.

Kelly said defensive lineman Chase Hounshell, who hasn't played this season because of a shoulder injury, could return soon.

"We're going to put some pads on him probably you know, I think he's close to 10 days, two weeks maybe where he's going to have some pads on him," Kelly said.

Kelly also said Torii Hunter Jr., who suffered a broken leg before arriving at Notre Dame, would have been pushing for playing time right now if not for the injury, and that linebacker Doug Randolph and safety Nicky Baratti, who both had shoulder injuries, are in a light rehab process.

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