Stepp out, Werner in as Notre Dame commits handle injuries


Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

On the second play of his junior season, Markese Stepp scored a touchdown. He also strained a hamstring.

The Notre Dame running back commit injured his left leg on a 46-yard touchdown run in the season opener for Indianapolis Cathedral. Stepp said he’s expected to miss 3-6 weeks.

Stepp’s teammate and fellow Irish commit, Pete Werner, did not play in the 48-0 Cathedral win over East Noble. Werner, a senior linebacker, had not completed his return from offseason hip surgeries. Werner, who said he expects to play this week, underwent surgery to repair torn labrums in both of his hips in April.

Amari Carter, from left, Isaiah Robertson, Houston Griffith, Pete Werner, Markese Stepp talk to Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly during the Irish Invasion at Notre Dame Stadium Saturday, June 18, 2016. ND Insider Photo/MICHAEL CATERINA