According to a report from Irish Illustrated’s Tim Prister, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will be without running back Jafar Armstrong for their upcoming game against the Stanford Cardinal.
Armstrong has a knee infection that must have developed some time this week, as he is coming off of his best performance of the season against Wake Forest. In that game, Jafar had 98 yards rushing on 8 carries with 2 touchdowns. He leads the team in touchdown with 5 on the season.
This will probably mean that Dexter Williams will see a bigger role against Stanford than what most of us thought he would have coming off of the unofficial suspension. Tony Jones Jr. will most likely retain his role as a starter, but Notre Dame does like to rotate backs.
While a lot of people would have said that they want more carries for Dexter — this certainly wasn’t the way they wanted that to go down. Jafar has done a really nice job in his role, and has made a fine job in the transition that he had to make last spring from receiver to running back.
Notre Dame will also have to figure out what they are going to do with the kick return team as Armstrong was a starter on that unit.