Notre Dame was without the services of Daniel Cage, CJ Prosise, and Nic Weisher on Saturday and then lost James Onwualu during their 28-7 victory over Wake Forest. On Sunday, Brian Kelly had a fairly encouraging update on the prognosis for all of them with the possible exception of Onwualu who will miss at least one game.
Onwaulu will be out for Notre Dame’s showdown with Boston College in Fenway Park this coming weekend. The junior linebacker suffered a second grade sprain of his MCL on Saturday and will be out at least this week. Kelly didn’t give an update on the starting linebacker past this coming weekend though other than saying the he would not need surgery.
The news was much better for the trio of Cage, Prosise, and Weishar – all of whom sat out Saturday’s win over Wake with concussions. All three players are probable for this weekend against the Eagles.
Amir Carlisle banged up his ankle during the win as well, but Kelly categorized it as a minor ankle injury and it didn’t sound like anything too serious.
Getting Cage back would be a huge boost for the Irish defense after they moved Isaac Rochell inside to nose tackle in Cage’s absence. While Rochell filled in admirably, Notre Dame missed Cage’s presence in the interior of the defense line and allowed Wake Forest some easy runs right through the heart of the defense yesterday.
With Prosise, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him still have a limited role this weekend. Josh Adams has back to back 140+ yard performances with Prosise missing almost all of the past two games and given the number of hits Prosise has taken this year, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to ease him back into action this weekend before the season ending showdown with Stanford.
Meanwhile, the news was not as good for freshman Eqaunimeous St Brown who will be out for six weeks after undergoing surgery. A six week timeframe would mean that he could be available around the time of the bowl game/playoffs depending on where the Irish end up playing this post season.