Brian Kelly concluded a 30-minute teleconference with the media on Sunday that essentially turned into a laundry list of an injury report on his 7-2 Irish football team.
Kelly said it was like a "triage" in the Irish locker room when he held his press conference Saturday night just after ND's 38-34 win over Navy. Now are getting a clear picture of what he means.
Kelly was asked if he's ever had this many injuries on defense and he took a long pause before answering.
"No," Kelly said Sunday. "This is close to the pinnacle."
Kelly was also asked about his next man in mantra, to which Kelly replied, "We are running out of next men."
Linebacker Ben Councell
--Suffered a significant knee injury against Navy
--out for the season
Nose Guard Louis Nix
--Nix missed the last two games due to knee tendinitis. He also has a small tear of his meniscus.
--MRI on Sunday
Kelly on Nix: "We want to see where he's at. This is more for Lou to make a decision where he's at, so he feels he's capable of playing the rest of the season. we are taking extra care to make sure he's good to go. We want to give him all the information."
--Notre Dame now says Nix will practice this week.
Nose Guard Kona Schwenke
--high ankle sprain suffered as a result of a cut block against Navy.
--will not play vs Pitt
Defensive lineman Sheldon Day
-- Re-aggravated an ankle injury as a result of a cut block vs Navy.
--Kelly is optimistic Day will be able to play against Pittsburgh
Linebacker Ishaq Williams
--has an ACL injury
--Will not play vs Pitt. Expected to be back for BYU game.
Offensive lineman Chris Watt
--has a PCL tear in his knee (suffered against Air ForcE) and did not play vs Navy
--Injury does not require surgery and Kelly is hopeful Watt can play vs Pittsburgh
Kelly on Watt:
"It's a matter of managing it. it's loose. feeling of instability there. In pre game, he felt he couldn't do some of the things he wanted. As he adapts to it, i think this week he will feel more comfortable."
Safety Elijah Shumate
--did not play vs Navy.
--will play vs Pitt.
Safety Austin Collinsworth
--neck strain suffered against Navy
---will know more about his status on Monday
Those injury updates in addition to the players who are already out for the season like: Defensive lineman Tony Springmann, safety Nicky Baratti, linebacker Danny Spond, linebacker Jarrett Grace, wide receiver Daniel Smith, offensive lineman Christian Lombard.
Notre Dame plays at Pittsburgh Saturday at 8pm, then are on the bye before returning home to face BYU.