Tomorrow afternoon is Senior Day and we'll say goodbye to some fine football players who'll be playing their last game inside Notre Dame Stadium.
The big news this weekend is the health of running back C.J. Prosise who has not been ruled out and is a game time decision. As you may recall, Prosise left early in the Pitt game and did not return. Afterwards he was diagnosed with a concussion and/or neck stinger and/or shoulder injury. In short, the dude is banged up.
Although Prosise passed concussion tests earlier in the week he did not practice on Wednesday which Brian Kelly mentioned as being an important step as to his availability against Wake Forest. The top Irish running back did practice on Thursday although he did not take contact which has become the norm in recent weeks. Prosise has also been dealing with a shoulder that Kelly said he'd have to deal with the rest of the year. I'd be surprised if C.J. plays this weekend.
Another new injury occurred in practice this week as true freshman Equanimeous St. Brown hurt his shoulder. He's supposed to have a MRI soon but the staff fears it'll be a second or third-degree AC joint sprain. For now, he appears to be out for the rest of the regular season. If the injury needs surgery, according to Brian Kelly, they will have a tough decision as to whether it's better to bring him back for a bowl/playoff game(s) or get him as healthy as possible for off-season strength training. From reading into things, ESB is probably done for the year.
After being surprised as everyone else last week we've now added receiver Torii Hunter into the mix at nickel back.
Elijah Shumate, who was suspended for the first half last week following a targeting penalty, has taken his place as the starting strong safety once again.
Talk about depth at tight end, all 5 players (which includes the injured Durham Smythe) have logged at least 100 snaps this season.
One last update on graduate transfer Avery Sebastian who is recovering from a foot injury. Kelly said this week that they would use Sebastian if necessary at safety but they won't bring him back when he gets healthy just to play special teams. The plan appears to be to pursue a 6th-year of eligibility.