Aug 9, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Jarrett Grace (59) readies for the snap during practice at the LaBar Practice Complex. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame LB Jarrett Grace out for the season after surgery on broken fibula

Notre Dame grabbed themselves a huge victory on Saturday night by going over on the Arizona State Sun Devils 37-34. In that contest, the Notre Dame defense showed some major progressions in holding off a fairly decent Arizona State offensive group.

But for the remainder of the year, they’ll have to keep progressing without junior linebacker Jarrett Grace.

Grace suffered a gruesome broken fibula in the Irish’s victory Saturday night, and surgery was performed on Sunday to repair it in Dallas. According to the team, the recovery time now is anywhere between 4-6 months, which is definitely a season-ender at this point. Senior Danny Fox will now step into the vacant role.

In a Sunday conference call, head coach Brian Kelly addressed the injury, as well as how the rotation may need to work going forward:

“Certainly you’re losing somebody that we had counted on as a starter. Now you’re deep into your depth and that wasn’t area with lot of experience. Kendall Moore is obviously going to have to play, (Joe Schmidt) is going to have to play for us. Those two guys will be counted on now. And obviously we’ll look at (freshman) Michael Deeb. We’ll have to activate them over the bye week and start to consider all three guys.”


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