Notre Dame sick bay: Looking ahead to 2014

Notre Dame sick bay: Looking ahead to 2014
December 21, 2013, 4:30 pm
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- With a week left until the Pinstripe Bowl, Notre Dame hasn't had any players suffer unexpected injuries during its bowl practices as of Saturday.

Training an eye toward next season, though, coach Brian Kelly offered a few updates on players who missed 2013 with significant injuries:

-- Defensive lineman Tony Springmann (knee) is "not even close yet," Kelly said. Springmann suffered a torn ACL during fall camp in August and had an infection after surgery that pushed his timetable back. While Springmann won't be a participant in spring camp Kelly expects him to return for fall camp, good news for an Irish defensive line that'll be in need of depth next year.

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-- Defensive end Chase Hounshell (shoulder) is working with Notre Dame's scout team in practice. The junior has missed the entire 2012 and 2013 seasons with shoulder injuries but is "fully engaged" in practice and taking contact, according to Kelly. Hounshell "feels better than he ever has," Kelly added.

-- Safety Nicky Baratti (shoulder) will be limited to non-contact drills through spring practice, Kelly said. Baratti will participate in drills and conditioning but won't take contact in practice again until next August.

-- Outside linebacker Doug Randolph (shoulder) is in the same boat as Baratti and won't take contact until fall camp. Randolph came to Notre Dame this year rated as a four-star recruit.

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-- Running back Greg Bryant (knee) has seen reps during scrimmages over the last few weeks. Bryant underwent a platelet-rich plasma injection program earlier in the season to alleviate a "severe" case of tendinitis in his knee.

-- Offensive lineman John Montelus (shoulder) will be held out of bowl practices in an effort to get him 100 percent for spring ball.