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Notre Dame Football: OL Aaron Banks has foot surgery

Take a deep breathe, and exhale slowly.

NCAA Football: Florida State at Notre Dame Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish appeared to come out of spring football fairly healthy, and it seemed as if they were going to be at full strength for fall camp. That may have changed a little bit following the news that starting left guard, Aaron Banks underwent foot surgery last week.

It seems as if this was a fairly minor (at least not major) surgery, and Banks should make a full recovery for the season.

While nothing official has been released from the university, we can all start to wonder how the line will transform if Banks is unable to go full go in practice and in the first game or two of the 2019 season. This would mean Josh Lugg would emerge as the replacement there, but he was already a “utility” and this means that if something else were to go down — Notre Dame would have to dig further into its contingency plan.

Trevor Ruhland was an option last year, but with his own injuries and surgeries, it’s hard to imagine the same level of play in 2019. I think most expect a fully healthy Banks by the time the Irish head down to Athens to take on the Georgia Bulldogs, but how prepared will he before that contest?