Sheldon Day learning to deal with ankle injuries

Sheldon Day learning to deal with ankle injuries

November 6, 2013, 10:30 pm
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Despite suffering yet another ankle injury last week against Navy, Notre Dame defensive end Sheldon Day hasn't missed practice this week and expects to play Saturday against Pitt.

Day, who initially suffered a high ankle sprain Sept. 14 at Purdue, re-injured the same ankle against Navy -- although he said it wasn't nearly as severe as the previous injury. He missed games against Michigan State and Oklahoma with the ankle injury and barely played against Arizona State because of it.

But Day said he has a better idea of what to expect, and knows his limitations this time around, even if it's a less serious issue.

"It's knowing what you can and can't do, and basically getting the motion back, getting the power back with your steps," Day said. "It's just basically trying to teach your body again what it can and can't do."

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Day's been a game-time decision with his injury earlier in the year, but quickly figured out during warm-ups if he was ready to go or not. He said he feels comfortable and confident right now, and those are the biggest things -- Day said he's become "used to" dealing with his balky ankle at this point.

With Stephon Tuitt not being 100 percent early on and injuries to Day and Louis Nix, Notre Dame's projected starting defensive line hasn't been completely healthy at any point this season. But Day isn't using that as an excuse, certainly not with just three games left in the regular season.

"Everybody's feeling some type of way," Day said. "It's about how you persevere."