Oct 19, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Tommy Rees (11) leaves the field after being injured in the third quarter against the USC Trojans at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame won 14-10. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees listed as day-to-day, expected to practice

Notre Dame was able to hold off the USC Trojans on Saturday night, 14-10, and they had to do so without their starting quarterback for the second half. Senior Tommy Rees went down early in the third quarter with what was diagnosed as a neck strain.

Backup Andrew Hendrix was rather ineffective in relief of Rees and he ended up with zero completions on four attempts during his entire outing Saturday night.

So, it’ll be good news for some that head coach Brian Kelly said today that he expects Rees to practice on Tuesday, which is a good sign.

But, Kelly also mentioned that they’re not completely in the clear with Rees just yet, and he expects Hendrix to perform a lot better than he did against USC, should that end up being the case:

“I don’t think Andrew nor myself or (offensive coordinator Chuck Martin) could expect him not to perform at a higher level,” Kelly said. “I think he’s probably as disappointed as anybody. Those are basic things he’s got to do better.”

Notre Dame heads out west this week for their game against the Air Force Academy.

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