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Tuesday, October 03, 2017 1:20 pm

Brandon Wimbush considered day-to-day

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush is dealing with soreness in his right foot, coach Brian Kelly announced Tuesday.

Wimbush underwent a magnetic resonance imaging test and an X-ray. Neither revealed any damage.

Kelly's day-to-day characterization indicates the injury isn't serious, and he said Wimbush was wearing a walking boot on his right foot simply to be "really, really conservative."

"He experienced soreness after the game (Saturday)," Kelly said. "A walking boot is fairly typical relative to procedure. No structural damage. No ligament damage. We just want to be really cautious with him."

If the 21st-ranked Irish (4-1) don't feel Wimbush is ready for this week's game at North Carolina, they would have to use Ian Book, who has not started a game. Book does take about 40 percent of the total repetitions in practice.

Kelly said it's not clear when Wimbush's injury occurred. Wimbush told Kelly he got hurt at some time during the win over Miami (Ohio) at Notre Dame Stadium. There have been rumors it happened off the field.

"I trust what Brandon tells me," Kelly said. "I have no reason not to trust 100 percent what Brandon tells me. I have no reason not to believe him based on my relationship with him over the last three years."

Notre Dame hopes Wimbush, a first-year starter, returns to practice Wednesday.

"Rob Hunt, our trainer, couldn't give you a diagnosis until we get him moving," Kelly said. "I think he would need to do something on Wednesday, but does he need to take 60 percent of the reps? Probably not. We're pretty optimistic."