Notre Dame gets 'very aggressive' with Jarrett Grace's recovery

Notre Dame gets 'very aggressive' with Jarrett Grace's recovery
June 10, 2014, 6:45 pm
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Brian Kelly still isn't sure if Jarrett Grace will be ready for Notre Dame's season opener Aug. 30 against Rice, but he sounded positive when discussing the senior linebacker's chances of playing Week 1.

Grace, who's undergone two operations on a broken leg suffered last October against Arizona State, will push his recovery this month with the goal of having an answer on his status by the end of June.

"We’re going to be very, very aggressive with him over the next two to three weeks," Kelly said Tuesday prior to his foundation's Football 101 event at Notre Dame. "We’re going full go for him to be ready for Rice. He wants to do it that way. He’s very encouraged."

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The first hurdle for Grace to clear is just being ready to get back on the field. If he's able to get to that point, he'll then begin competing for a starting role against senior Joe Schmidt and freshman Nyles Morgan.

Grace's status appears to be the only lingering question heading into summer workouts and fall camp.

Kelly got his first look at wide receiver DaVaris Daniels during Notre Dame's OTA-like workouts this week. The wide receiver was re-admitted to the university in late May after being exiled from campus for the spring semester.

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Center Nick Martin and linebacker Ben Councell were fully cleared to participate in drills following November knee injuries, while Kelly said defensive lineman Tony Springmann is good to go following a torn ACL suffered last August.

Offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley underwent a minor procedure to clean some things up in his knee but is expected to be at full strength by next week.