Sick bay: Collinsworth questionable, Councell out

Sick bay: Collinsworth questionable, Councell out
November 5, 2013, 3:15 pm
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame safety Austin Collinsworth (neck) was deemed questionable for Saturday's game at Pitt and will not practice Tuesday, coach Brian Kelly said.

Collinsworth had an MRI on his neck Monday that came back clean, but Kelly said he's experiencing spasms and other soft tissue/joint issues that'll hold him out for now.

The neck issue isn't connected to any of the previous injuries and surgeries (shoulder, back), according to Kelly. If he can't go on Saturday, junior Eilar Hardy is expected to be the next man ahead of former five-star recruit Max Redfield.

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In other news for the banged-up Irish, linebacker Ben Councell was officially ruled out for the year on Tuesday and will have surgery on his ACL in a few days. If he's able to return for spring practice in March and April, it'll most likely be in a limited role.

Left guard Chris Watt (PCL tear) is expected to practice every day this week, and Kelly expects him to play Saturday.

"I think with a full week of practice, which he will practice today, we think that he's going to be able to make the accommodations to be able to play at the level that he needs to play at," Kelly said.

On the other side of the trench, Louis Nix (knee) will practice this week and Kelly is hopeful both he and Sheldon Day (ankle) will play Saturday. Notre Dame's defensive line depth has taken a beating in the last few weeks, with Nix, Day and Kona Schwenke all missing time.

With Schwenke already ruled out for Pitt, offensive lineman Bruce Heggie will work with the Irish defensive line in practice this week in case he's needed in an emergency situation.