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Notre Dame’s Shaun Crawford injures achilles, leaves field on crutches

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Tough break for the Notre Dame DB, who missed last season with a torn ACL

NCAA Football: Notre Dame at Texas Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame reported having turned to science to solve the injury problem that has plagued the Irish for the last two years. However, DB Shaun Crawford fell victim to the injury monster, reportedly tearing his left achilles after breaking up a pass on the Irish defense’s first possession.

After tearing an ACL last year, Crawford looked poised to be a key member of the Notre Dame secondary after playing well against Texas in week one. A torn achilles is usually six-to-eight weeks recovery time, so the Irish secondary takes another hit. They are already missing numerous players due to injuries, suspensions and dismissals, so things certainly aren’t getting any easier. Nick Coleman has taken Crawford’s spot at corner for now.

Meanwhile, Daelin Hayes and Julian Love have both seen action for an Irish D that really needed a stop. They’ve been a bit shaky early, but held on a 4th and 1 in the red zone.