Notre Dame WR Torii Hunter Jr. sidelined with groin tear

Bob Wieneke
South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND -- Notre Dame sophomore wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. will miss 4-6 weeks after suffering a groin tear, Irish coach Brian Kelly announced following Saturday's practice.

The 6-foot, 190-pound Hunter did not play as a true freshman after breaking his leg in January 2013, while preparing for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Hunter, who came to ND from Prosper (Texas) High School, earned Scout Team Player of Year as an Irish freshman.

Hunter, the son of Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter, practiced Monday during ND's first fall practice, the only practice prior to Saturday's that was open to the media. He entered the LaBar Practice Complex Saturday morning using crutches. ND's Saturday practice was its first on campus this fall after practicing Monday through Friday at the Culver Academies.

Offensive lineman Matt Hegarty and linebacker Ben Councell also sat out practice as they continue to recover after suffering concussions. Freshman offensive lineman Sam Mustipher was sidelined with a foot sprain.

The Irish open their 2014 season Aug. 30 against Rice at Notre Dame Stadium.

Sophomore wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a groin tear. (SBT File Photo)