RB C.J. Prosise could return for Notre Dame this week

Eric Hansen
South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — That there is a scenario that could have Notre Dame running back C.J. Prosise back on the practice field this week and perhaps even playing Saturday against Wake Forest could dilute the “next man in” story line.

Which would be just fine with Irish head football coach Brian Kelly.

Been there, done that too many times already.

The first step with Prosise getting the senior, now 50 yards away from the 18th 1,000-yard rushing season in school history, back into action is passing concussion protocol.

Prosise came out of the game late in the first quarter Saturday of ND’s 42-30 victory at Pittsburgh and didn’t return. Freshman Josh Adams relieved and ran for a career-high 147 yards on 20 carries. He also had a five-yard TD reception.

“He landed on his shoulder and kind of whiplashed his neck,” Kelly said Sunday of Prosise. “He got down to the ground and a player landed on him. He was better today, but we'll take it day by day with him.”

Kelly said Sunday there was not a shoulder injury, as he originally had thought.

He also said Adams would likely would get a larger share of carries Saturday against Wake, even if Prosise is available. Adams is ND’s second-leading rusher, with 412 yards on 54 carries (7.6 yards per rush) with three rushing touchdowns.

“I think he can lessen the load for C.J. and provide us with another option in there as well,” Kelly said. “I would agree that he earned that this weekend.”

Meanwhile, starting offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey left the Irish locker room Saturday with a protective boot on his left foot, the result of an ankle sprain suffered in the Pitt game, Kelly confirmed on Sunday.

“Rob likes to isolate those tendons and shut them down for the first 24 to 48 hours,” Kelly said, referring to ND head trainer Rob Hunt. “But it shouldn't be anything that prohibits (McGlinchey) from practicing on Tuesday.”

The Irish (8-1) play Wake Forest (3-6) Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium (3:30 p.m. EST; NBC-TV) in the final home game of the season. ND moved up to No. 6 on Sunday in both the AP and coaches polls. The next set of College Football Playoff rankings come out Tuesday night. The Irish were fifth last week.

Notre Dame running back C.J. Prosise (20) could be back on the practice field sooner than later after suffering a neck injury and concussion Saturday in a 42-30 Irish victory at Pitt. (SBT Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ)