After nine games, Notre Dame is in need of some ankle replacement.
With Ethan Johnson already out since the Purdue game, Manti Te'o rejoined him on that list Saturday night with center Braxston Cave and defensive lineman Aaron Lynch also joining the ranks of those hobbled by the ankle bug.
All are sprains, but Irish coach Brian Kelly did not elaborate on Sunday on how long each player may be out. That's all fluid.
Manti's injury is not a new one. It came up last month, and Te'o claimed he was feeling better but in Notre Dame's 24-17 win over Wake Forest, the Irish star linebacker re-aggravated the injury.
"The same ankle but turned it again. He's back to where he was 2-3 weeks ago," Kelly said.
Cave left the game in the 1st half and was replaced for the remainder of the afternoon by Mike Golic Jr. Kelly says they will do additional tests on Cave's left ankle in the coming days.
"He's got a midfoot sprain," Kelly explained. "But it was a lot better today than it looked at times last night."
Lynch left the game briefly with an ankle sprain, then returned---then left again--even more hobbled.
"Lynch has got a lateral sprain, so not a high-ankle sprain," Dr. Kelly said. "He'll be back."
But when? Johnson left early in the game against Purdue back on October 1st and has yet to return. He's been a game-time decision each week since, but has not been able to go.
"I think he's better," Kelly said of Johnson. "When he's ready, he's going to play. When he feels he's ready to go, he's going to step on field."
Now the question is, will any of these guys be ready to go when the Irish face Maryland next Saturday at Fedex Field.