SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A calf strain that forced Kapron Lewis-Moore out of Notre Dame's home opener two weeks ago and limited him this past Saturday at Michigan State will not be enough to keep the fifth-year senior out of action this weekend against Michigan.
"He's fighting through it," coach Brian Kelly said. "He's at that line of being hurt and being injured. And he's a tough kid. He fought through it on Saturday and had a big pressure on the quarterback late in the game. We'll be careful with him but he'll answer the bell on Saturday and he'll be in there starting for us. You know, that calf is one of those things that just is a bit of a nagging injury.
"We told him: You've got four or five days to get through it and then you've got a bye week. So he'll grind through it and be ready to go on Saturday."
Kelly said that DaVaris Daniels (ankle sprain) and Sheldon Day (bone bruise) are both, in NFL terms, "probable" for Saturday. Daniels suffered a setback Friday and was limited against Michigan State after injuring his ankle a week earlier against Purdue. Day appeared to hurt his foot Saturday after jumping up and down following a near-interception, but Kelly had said that the injury occurred one series earlier.
Kelly acknowledged Tuesday that sophomore end Chase Hounshell, who did not travel Saturday and has yet to play, has been plagued by a shoulder issue but should be ready to go this week. Kelly had said a week earlier that Hounshell was simply behind other defensive linemen on the depth chart.
"We think he's going to be ready to go this week," the third-year Irish coach said Tuesday. "We want to kind of protect him a little bit. But he'll be getting reps this week and we'll see where that goes."
Sixth year in doubt for Slaughter
Jamoris Slaughter ruptured his Achilles' tendon in the second half of the third game of his fifth season, so his chances at gaining a sixth year of eligiblity would appear to be slim to none.
"It doesn't appear so," Kelly said of the safety's sixth-year possibility. "He did have another injury that caused him to miss some time. We're still kind of vetting through all that right now. But the early indication is we couldn't tell you one way or the other. We'll do some more work before we're ready to publically comment on it."