KeiVarae Russell out 6-8 weeks with tibia fracture

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame's season of attrition has claimed a few more names.

Specifically, senior cornerback KeiVarae Russell will miss six to eight weeks with a broken right tibia, head coach Brian Kelly announced during his conference call on Sunday. Russell, who suffered the injury during the 19-16 Irish victory over Boston College on Saturday, has started all 11 games and sits tied for second on the team with 60 tackles, to go along with two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a sack.

In Russell's place, junior Devin Butler, sophomore Nick Watkins and freshman Nick Coleman will compete at the cornerback spot opposite junior Cole Luke. Kelly added that it's possible Russell could return if Notre Dame reaches the national championship game on Jan. 11, which is almost exactly seven weeks away.

Kelly also announced that senior running back C.J. Prosise, who returned from a concussion against Boston College, suffered a high ankle sprain during the game and is "doubtful" to play at Stanford on Saturday. There was no structural damage, however, and Kelly is optimistic Prosise will return for postseason play.

Without Prosise, who has 1,337 total yards and 12 touchdowns this season, freshman Josh Adams will make his second career start. Freshman running back Dexter Williams and quarterback DeShone Kizer will be asked to carry more of the rushing load as well, Kelly noted.

As for previous injuries, starting nose tackle Daniel Cage (concussion) should return against Stanford, Kelly said. The head coach added that junior linebacker James Onwualu (MCL sprain) is likely still a few weeks away.

USC's JuJu Smith-Schuster (9) gets tackled after c catch by Notre Dame’s KeiVarae Russell (6) Saturday, October 17, 2015, during the USC-Notre Dame football game at Notre Dame Stadium. SBT Photo/GREG SWIERCZ