Report: Notre Dame TE Durham Smythe out for season with injuries

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The hits just keep coming for Notre Dame football.

The latest season-ending injury has reportedly been suffered by starting tight end Durham Smythe. Irish Illustrated reported late Monday night that Smythe’s season will be cut short by shoulder and knee injuries.

Head coach Brian Kelly said Sunday that Smythe was dealing with an ankle injury and his status for Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech was unclear.

“He's probably the one guy that we're not sure about his status going in, but everybody else looks to be a go for Saturday,” Kelly said.

According to the Irish Illustrated report, Smythe suffered the shoulder injury against Texas and the knee injury against Virginia.

A Notre Dame spokesman would not confirm the report.

Kelly’s next media availability will come Tuesday at noon.

Smythe, a 6-foot-5, 245-pound junior from Belton, Texas, started the first two games of the season and is the only tight end on Notre Dame’s roster to record a catch in college. Smythe caught two passes this season

— a six-yard reception against Texas and a seven-yard touchdown on a fake field goal against Virginia.

Sophomore Tyler Luatua has the most experience of the remaining players at the position, but has been used primarily as a blocker with two tight end sets in 12 game appearances. Sophomore Nic Weishar and

freshman Alizé Jones would be expected to replace Smythe as a receiving threat. Graduate student Chase Hounshell, a former defensive end, could also be used as a blocker.

In just two games, Notre Dame has lost three starters on its offense for the season: running back Tarean Folston (knee), quarterback Malik Zaire (ankle) and Smythe.

Notre Dame's Durham Smythe (80) crosses into the end zone for a Fighting Irish touchdown during the first half of their game against Virginia Saturday, September 12, 2015 in Charlottesville. SBT Photo / BECKY MALEWITZ