Notre Dame’s D-line might be reunited Saturday against Pittsburgh
BY LAMOND POPE Sun-Times Media November 5, 2013 6:37PM
Notre Dame defensive lineman Louis Nix III (1) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Temple in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Updated: November 5, 2013 11:04PM
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Sheldon Day, Louis Nix III and Stephon Tuitt haven’t started the same game on Notre Dame’s defensive line since Oct. 5 against Arizona State.
The three last played in the same contest Oct. 19 against USC.
Day and Nix have missed two games this season because of injuries.
The trio might — and let’s stress might — be together Saturday at Pittsburgh.
“We’re hopeful about Louis being able to play a role this weekend,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday. “We’re hopeful that we’re going to see more of Sheldon. He will continue to practice and see where that takes us.”
Nix missed the Air Force and Navy games because of knee tendinitis. Kelly said Nix would practice Tuesday. Nix had platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment, and will undergo surgery after the season, Kelly said. Nix has put in the time to avoid any conditioning issues.
“He’s really worked hard in these last couple of weeks to stay fit,” Kelly said. “He had a jug of water with him [Tuesday], hydrating. I think he’s committed to giving everything he can. He’s committed to getting himself back here and doing the best he can to help our football team.”
Day has been hampered by an ankle injury. He didn’t play against Michigan State and Oklahoma and has been limited in other games. Tuitt has started each game.
“It has been difficult. We played some good stretches of football, other than maybe the last drive against Arizona State and USC. We put together some good football against some very good offensive football teams and never getting those three guys on the field at one time says a lot to the group coming together,” Kelly said. “Then you lose (linebacker) Jarrett Grace, and we continue to play. I would like to look again at the development of some of the players that have come in and played really good football.
“… We’re looking at this weekend hopefully getting at least those three guys on the field at the same time. At what level of health, we will see where it is. I think everybody at this time of the year isn’t at 100 percent, but I think we’re getting close where we may get all three of them on the field at one time.”
Note: Ben Councell will have surgery to repair a torn ACL, Kelly said.