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Adding Injury to Insult – Michael Floyd Breaks Collarbone


Michael Floyd broke his collarbone on a second quarter pass to the endzone that was ruled incomplete. (Photo - Icon SMI)

On a play in which it appeared Michael Floyd hauled in his sixth touchdown of the season in the back of the end zone, the super star sophomore wide receiver broke his collarbone according to NBC’s Alex Flanigan.

On first and goal Jimmy Clausen lobbed a fade to Floyd who appeared to have the possession of the ball with two feet in bounds, but officials ruled the play incomplete.  Charlie Weis challenged the play, but replay officials upheld the call even though the NBC announcing crew of Pat Hayden and Tom Hammond both thought the play would be ruled a tochdown.

The bigger news, however, is that Floyd broke his collarbone on the play and will miss considerable time.

Weis will no doubt be asked about the extent of the injury after the game.  How much time Floyd misses will be determined by how severe the break is.

Losing Floyd is a major blow to an Irish offense that was moving the ball at will prior to Floyd’s injury.  The sophomore hauled in his fifth touchdown of the season in the first quarter and was well on his way to another monster performance.

Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen has also been banged up this afternoon and is hobbling arond the field on what appears to be a gimpy ankle.  Clausen has only missed two plays thus far and is still throwing the ball pretty well.

We’ll have more on Floyd’s injury after the game when more information is available.


  1. Does anyone know if Floyd is able to, or if Charlie would consider to redshirt him for this year?

    • Floyd should be able to medical redshirt, but for a player of his caliber it probably wouldn’t amount to much because he will go pro after his senior year (at the latest). A medical redshirt would also mean he could not play in the bowl game, which is still a possibility.

  2. I wish ND fans could accept their own teams limitations instead of blaming all their losses on external factors like Big Ten officials. I can’t wait until USC stomps your ass and then you can blame your loss on Pac-10 officials LOL.

  3. Boys ( and girls)
    aren’t you glad NOW that Notre Dame is NOT part of the Big 10?
    Seriously, if we had joined the conference which cannot count,
    we would be the step child of this mess. ( I am amazed that
    the Pac 8 CAN change the title to Pac 10 when the Arizona’s of this world joined. Likewise the BIG 8-with the break up of the SWAC became the BIG 12–and the the “big 10” keeps their title to Big 10 when Joe Pa and the folks at Happy Valley joined.)
    I realize BIG 10 SOUNDS better than BIG 11-but it IS ELEVEN-and with ND they would STILL be BIG 10-uggh.
    Living in Columbus, Ohio is not a treat-but the folks here are frustrated too with this crew. Something should be done.
    Help me out here somebody–WHY DO we have Big 10 crews as a Non-conference team?
    Why not a MIXED CREW?
    I realize those who spearhead the organization look at
    schedules-but why not alphbetical names?
    Why must the Big 11 have their crew? Mix it up OR as somebody else stated–
    WHY– do we have to have a conference crew anyway?
    NCAA is NOT doing people favors!
    Is it because it is easier for the sake of organization?
    Is it because it is economical to keep Fred the Ref in a tri-state area so he can easily go to Madison then to Evanston and South Bend with a bogus call as opposed to going to Provo then Columbus then Boston?
    Notre DAME had a touchdown with Floyd. Plain and simple.
    This is going from Bad to worse.
    I do fault our defense and stupid penalties for late hits and 74 Sam Young doing his “miami imitation” but please—
    Big 11 sucks–they are over rated-
    can’t win the big ones-
    and all they do is complain about the SEC conference and how they live in a bubble. Big 11 people should get better refs and not throw stones.
    But–I am sure as hell am at this and EVERY crew from the old farts from the big 11.

  4. We sure as hell gut it out and made plays to send the Sparties home with their tail tucked between their legs. The loss of Floyd is heartbreaking. He definitely was well on his way to a breakout season. However, let’s not forget Golden Tate. If he can just stay consistent with catching the ball he’ll have a monster season. With the entourage of awesome receivers I feel pretty confident that coach weis will plug in the best man for the job in Floyd’s absence. Allen is playing productive, Jimmy is just tough, Rudolph has a helluva stiff arm, Tate will step it up. We’re gonna be alright! With us traveling to West Lafayette this weekend, we’re not going to overlook Purdue. We’ll go in and get the job done and come out with a win. With or without Floyd this season will be one for the ages. And Floyd’s best years are STILL ahead of him. I’m expecting a big day for Weis and his coaching staff this weekend.

    Notre Dame 49
    Purdue 17


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