We definitely know that it’s fall camp for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish because the injury bug has hit once again. On Friday, Notre Dame announced that sophomore defensive end NaNa Osafo-Mensah underwent knee surgery for a torn lateral meniscus.
Notre Dame also states that Osafo-Mensah will likely miss the entire 2020 regular season.
The Irish proved that they have recruited and developed quality defensive end depth last year when both Julian Okwara and Daelin Hayes had season ending injuries. While they still have plenty of depth moving forward with Adetokunbo Ogundeji, Daelin Hayes, Justin Ademilola, Isaiah Foskey, Ovie Oghoufo, and others — it’s still disappointing that NaNa won’t be able to compete for a role.
Notre Dame announced last week that wide receiver Kevin Austin underwent surgery for a broken left foot, but could return to action in roughly 6 weeks.
Just a gentle reminder... it IS fall camp, and injuries can, will, and certainly do happen. What’s important is the depth that surrounds them and the coaching involved to help the situation. For 2020, however, things may get dicey when you throw in the danger of the coronavirus. The extra stress involved there will cause further dips down the depth chart.