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Irish Insights


Notre Dame injury, roster updates

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly provided updates Friday on the statuses for some of the team's injured players for spring practice, which opens Monday.

Defensive lineman and former Bishop Dwenger standout Tony Springmann, who is recovering from an ACL injury and subsequent infection, will not take part in practices at the start of camp.

"I would say he is out right now, made really good progress," Kelly said.

Safety Devin Butler underwent shoulder surgery and will not participate in spring practices.

Butler had the latest of the shoulder surgeries, so he is the furthest behind, Kelly said.

Safety Nicky Baratti, who is coming back after shoulder surgery, will be involved in most of spring practice but could be limited in some contact drills.

"I think he is clean in the sense that he is going to do everything," Kelly said. "Maybe we will put a red jersey on him in the spring game. But he's going to be involved in everything."

Center Nick Martin, who is coming back from a PCL injury, and linebacker Ben Councell, who is returning from an ACL injury, will not participate in contact drills.

Linebacker Jarrett Grace, who fractured his leg in multiple places against Arizona State on Oct. 5, is slowly coming back.

"It's all about the healing of that fracture that he had," Kelly said. "Ligaments, tendons, all of that is good. It is the leg. He would be out of spring ball relative to contact."

Kelly said defensive lineman Chase Hounshell (shoulder), linebacker Doug Randolph (shoulder) and offensive lineman Christian Lombard (back) are cleared for spring practice.

Kelly also announced that Luke Massa will not return for a fifth season as planned, saying the receiver picked up an offer as an intern that was too good to pass up.