Updated: November 21, 2013 7:30PM
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Louis Nix III’s season is over.
Time will tell if he’s played his final game at Notre Dame.
The nose guard underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus Thursday.
Nix missed the Air Force and Navy games because of knee tendinitis. He returned for the Nov. 9 game at Pittsburgh and had five tackles. Notre Dame had a bye last week.
“For me, it was hard on me. I didn’t think my week would go this way,” Nix said. “Coming off the Pitt game, I thought I did a pretty good job, felt real hurt during that game but came back and then throughout the week my leg was just painful and then I communicate with the doctors and told them how I felt. I got treatment and kept going and going, but it continued to hurt.”
He met with team surgeon Brian Ratigan and got a second opinion from James Andrews.
“Both thought it would be best I got the surgery now,” Nix said. “Despite me wanting to play still, they think it’s best for my health.”
Nix is a projected first-round pick for the 2014 NFL draft. He is scheduled to graduate in December, but he still has one more year of eligibility remaining.
“Realistically, it’s still a big decision now,” Nix said. “I haven’t thought about it, I’m just thinking of getting healthy, getting my rehab, finish my season of Breaking Bad. Just cheering on my team.”
Nix said the injury would not affect his decision.
“I’m not even thinking about NFL or anything,” Nix said. “I’m just thinking about getting healthy and beating BYU.”
Nix had 27 tackles this season.
“Very disappointing for him, but what he’s done for this program and what he’s battled through, we’ll remember him as a great teammate and what he’s tried to accomplish here these past few weeks in trying to get out on the field,” coach Brian Kelly said. “And we all know what he’s accomplished in helping us build our success on the field.”