Notre Dame will be without Louis Nix for its final three games after the nose guard underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus Thursday.
Nix told reporters he consulted with Dr. Brian Ratigan as well as Dr. James Andrews, both of whom told him his best option was to undergo surgery now. Nix played over 60 snaps Nov. 9 against Pitt, but his knee didn't respond well in the days and weeks after the game.
The recovery timetable for Nix is six weeks to begin moving, and then more after to begin football activities.
Saturday's game was supposed to be the first time Nix played at Notre Dame in front of his father, but he won't get that opportunity now.
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"It's hard for me, because me, I love to play, especially for my team" Nix told reporters. "I've played through a lot, with my dad going down with his heart attack last year, I played through, I tried to battle through the Pitt game. I battle for my teammates and I play hard for them, and this hurts me because I can't do anything. But at this point, I'm just going to try to be the biggest cheerleader on the sidelines, support my guys."
Nix said he won't be with Notre Dame for practice or on the sidelines for Notre Dame's final three games, per doctor's orders.
Nix said he hasn't thought about whether he'll return for a fifth year or not, and whether his surgery will affect that decision.
"I'm just thinking about getting healthy, getting my rehab, finishing my season of 'Breaking Bad' and just cheering on my team," Nix told reporters.