Brian Kelly, coach of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish has stated that center Nick Martin has sustained “a significant knee injury,” and will miss the rest of the season. According to ESPN,
“We’re still getting a little bit more information,” Kelly said during his weekly teleconference. “We had an MRI. I’ll probably have a little bit more specific details, but he’s out for the season.”
Martin left the first quarter of Notre Dame’s 23-13 win Saturday over BYU, though the redshirt sophomore was able to walk off unassisted. Kelly said after the game Martin had hyper-extended his knee.
Martin’s loss means yet another hole in ND’s lineman core to fill. However, the Fighting Irish seem to have found a fix to the problem.
Redshirt sophomore Matt Hegarty replaced Martin at center for the rest of the game and will start in the Irish’s final two games: Saturday at Stanford and their to-be-determined bowl game.
With two games left, it’s definitely in ND’s favor to rule out Martin for the rest of the season, regardless of the degree of the injury.