SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame got the blood work back on Malik Zaire, and the freshman quarterback isn't yet cleared to play.
Zaire is dealing with mononucleosis, which means taking contact would be dangerous given the enlarged state of his spleen. He was previously ruled out for Notre Dame's season-opener against Temple, and coach Brian Kelly said it's not known whether he'll be able to go against Michigan on Saturday.
"We're dealing with his spleen and whether that allows us to put him in competition," Kelly said. "He'll be allowed to do some things cardiovascular, but right now he is not cleared for competition."
Without Zaire, Notre Dame has just two scholarship quarterbacks on its roster in Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix. Luke Massa, who converted to wide receiver from quarterback upon coming to Notre Dame, was designated as Notre Dame's No. 3 quarterback last week. Behind him are a pair of walk-ons.
Zaire, a four-star quarterback in Notre Dame's class of 2013, was pegged by Rivals as the third-best dual-threat QB in the class of 2013.