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Tuesday, August 01, 2017 2:50 am

Kelly confirms Cage to miss 2017 season

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

SOUTH BEND — You know the drill. Notre Dame's training camp opens Tuesday, which means coach Brian Kelly met with media members Monday on the eve of the first practice.

Kelly announced defensive tackle Daniel Cage will miss the season because of concerns about the potential long-term ramifications from multiple concussions. The 6-foot-1, 329-pounder will then make a decision on his football future in 2018.

Cage would have been a potential starter in 2017. The depth at defensive tackle now isn't as bad as it looks on paper, but, with Cage out of the equation, a bad injury to one of the top remaining players at that position would be devastating.

In a related story, defensive tackle Jerry Tillery has managed to avoid suspension. After what was perceived as dirty play in last year's season finale, Tillery's status for the Sept. 2 opener against Temple was uncertain, but Kelly said Monday that Tillery has already made amends by completing counseling and community service. He won't miss any game time.

One other tidbit of news from Kelly: Safety Alohi Gilman, a transfer from Navy, appealed to the NCAA for a waiver to be immediately eligible to play for Notre Dame. Kelly expects a ruling from the NCAA soon.