FORT WAYNE – Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday that linebacker Ishaq Williams will not play against Navy on Saturday.
The junior made his first start of the year in last Saturdays 45-10 win over Air Force but left in the first quarter with a knee injury.
The injury concerns do not end with Williams as the Irish (6-2) prepare for Navy (4-3).
Starting nose guard Louis Nix III remains questionable after missing the win against Air Force because of knee tendinitis. Kelly said the seniors performance in practice will determine if he can play against Navy, adding Nix would likely be able to play with the injury against a non-option team.
I think you cant go into playing the option team with hesitation or doubt, Kelly said. But when youre playing Stanford and youre firing off the ball and its just a matter of beating the guy over you, theres less hesitation.
Theres a little bit more hesitation in there when you are playing an option team. And we cant have that from our inside guy.
A pair of starting linemen remained probable to play after suffering injuries against Air Force. Left guard Chris Watt suffered a knee injury, and defensive end Sheldon Day re-injured his ankle last weekend.
Watt looked good (Tuesday), were going to move him around, Kelly said. Day is probable. Weve got an MRI on that ankle. We wanted to rule out any further high ankle damage to the ligaments, and it was a bone bruise. So it was totally different. So we feel pretty good about that. Hell practice (Tuesday).
Receiver DaVaris Daniels, who had a hip flexor injury against Air Force; safety Elijah Shumate, who missed the last two games with a hamstring injury; and right tackle Ronnie Stanley, who missed time against Air Force with an injury, were also expected to be able to practice Tuesday, Kelly said.
What (Shumates) role will be (against Navy), well determine that as we work our way through the week, Kelly said. We dont think theres anything there that would hold (Daniels) back.
Stanley may have had a difficult practice Tuesday after posting a message about his injury on Twitter.
I heard he had a tweet about being at Saint Liams or something. He gets what we call the Zaire treatment today, Kelly said, referring to how he handled freshman quarterback Malik Zaire tweeting he was cleared to play in Week 4 before the coach or university made an official announcement.
Defensive lineman Chase Hounshell, who hasnt played this season after suffering a right shoulder injury in spring camp, returned to practice, but Kelly said the junior will likely not play this year.