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Notre Dame Football: Cornerback Donte Vaughn Has Shoulder Surgery

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The next man in was already beat up.

Donte Vaughn
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Donte Vaughn, a cornerback for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, underwent shoulder surgery on Thursday to repair a torn labrum according to his father, Lewis. Mr. Vaughn also stated that the surgery went well, and Donte is now recovering.

FBF, KEEP DONTE ' IN YOUR PRAYERS HE'S HAVING SHOULDER SURGERY THIS MORNING TO REPAIR A TORN LABRUM. HE'S PLAYED WITH BASICALLY ONE ARM THE LAST SEASON AND A HALF. SOUTH MEMPHIS SOLDIER#THEHAVEN901☘

Posted by Louis Vaughn on Thursday, January 10, 2019

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE FOR YOUR PRAYERS. DONTE' IS OUT OF SURGERY. EVERYTHING WENT WELL. HE'S IN RECOVERY NOW. ☘

Posted by Louis Vaughn on Thursday, January 10, 2019

Vaughn was last seen in the Cotton Bowl against the Clemson Tigers. He came in for an injured Julian Love in the second quarter — right when Clemson caught fire through the air.

So it all makes sense, really.

Vaughn was one of the bright spots of the 2016 season when he was a freshman. He played well on the field, and given his size and extraordinary athletic ability, many predicted a strong career in South Bend from the Memphis native.

We’ve seen that shoulder brace on Vaughn for quite some time, but after watching his technique against Clemson, it makes sense that he was unable to really make a play on some of the balls as he likely had limited range of motion. It makes it even more incredible that he got a hand on one of the TD passes in the endzone.

Shoulder injuries suck horribly, and they take at least 6 months to recover. Vaughn will be out for the spring, but it’s too early to say (let alone by me) if he will be ready for fall camp.

The Irish are already down Julian Love to the NFL Draft, so they will have to lean on the young pups this spring.