Today news broke that a pair of Notre Dame football players will receive medical scholarships due to career ending injuries. Linebacker Michael Deeb and tight end Mike Heuerman are the players who are no longer playing football for the Irish. Both athletes were rising redshirt sophomores who had 3 years of eligibility left apiece.
Deeb was a 3-star recruit out of American Heritage High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida who made a big jump as a senior and looked like he could develop into a productive down-hill middle linebacker in Bob Diaco's 3-4 scheme.
Heuerman, also out of Florida at Barron Collier in Naples, was the No. 8 tight end in the country in 2013 but had been injured more than healthy while at Notre Dame.
With these players removed the NCAA limit the Irish are now down to 83 scholarships players, which does not include the currently ineligible Ishaq Williams or former walk-ons who have received scholarships in the past in Montrgomery VanGorder and Connor Cavalaris.