Notre Dame has dealt with myriad minor injuries during its recent seven-game winning streak, but Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly is optimistic that his team is nearing full strength as it travels to Miami for a matchup of top 10 teams.
In his Tuesday press conference, Kelly updated the status of several Notre Dame players. Most notably, he said the team’s two offensive stars, quarterback Brandon Wimbush and running back Josh Adams, are fully healthy.
Adams left early in the team’s Week 10 game against Wake Forest because he “wasn’t feeling right,” as Kelly said after the game. Adams carried the ball just five times for 22 yards. Meanwhile, Wimbush suffered a bruise on his non-throwing hand and played a portion of the game with a protective wrap on it.
“They are good,” Kelly said, “They had a great day in the weight room yesterday physically. So there are no concerns about their readiness and what their physical stature is for going into the game.”
Kelly also provided positive updates for a few other offensive players. Running back Dexter Williams, who has been bothered by a lingering ankle injury in recent weeks, is “getting closer and closer,” according to Kelly. Williams has missed four games this season due to the injury and carried the ball just three times against Wake Forest. However, Kelly said he showed his explosiveness in Monday’s practice.
Likewise, tight end Alize Mack, who missed the team’s last game due to a concussion suffered in Week 9 against N.C. State, will practice Tuesday. Mack is expected to play against Miami.
The one question mark for the Irish moving forward appears to be senior wide receiver Cam Smith. Smith has missed the team’s past three games with a hamstring injury.
Kelly said trainers “didn’t like what they saw” in a scan of Smith’s hamstring, but Smith will attempt to practice Tuesday with the goal of playing against the Hurricanes.
“We took another picture of that hamstring,” Kelly said. “Didn’t quite like what we saw but we’re going to let him stretch it out today and see how it goes. We saw a little bit of, you know, some cloudiness in that hamstring. We’ll see how it goes today.”
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