Notre Dame has been able to survive a litany of injuries so far in 2015 and it looks like the Irish may have to employ the “next man in” mantra again after star running back CJ Prosise left today’s game in the first quarter with an undisclosed injury.
After converting a third down conversion on Notre Dame’s second drive of the game, CJ Prosise ran off the field favoring his shoulder. Shortly after, he was seen running to the Notre Dame locker room and has yet to return to the game.
Following half-time, ABC/ESPN’s Todd McShay reported that he was unable to get an injury update on Prosise from Notre Dame and was told that there would not not be any until the end of the game. Irish Illustrated has reported that Prosise has suffered a concussion as well as a potential shoulder injury.
Source tells Irish Illustrated that C.J. Prosise suffered a concussion and potentially a shoulder injury as well.
— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) November 7, 2015
Freshman Josh Adams has stepped in for Prosise and made his presence felt with 92 yards on 11 carries midway through the third quarter, but the Irish can ill afford to lose Prosise for any extended period of time to make a serious run at the playoffs. Fellow freshman Dexter Williams has seen limited action as well but Adams has been the primary running back in Prosise absence.
If, and it’s a big if at this point, the main concern for Prosise is a concussion, Notre Dame could easily sit him next week at home against Wake Forest and be in fine shape. If, however, there is a serious shoulder injury, Notre Dame could be dangerously thin at the running back position over the final quarter of the season.
Prior tio the injury, Prosise was off to a good start as well with 26 yards on five carries a week after being contained by the tough Temple defense. Prosise had another 29 yards on 2 receptions as well. Expect Brian Kelly to get plenty of questions about Prosise and his status in today’s post game presser.