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Thursday, October 20, 2011
Brian Kelly radio show recap

By Matt Fortuna

It turns out USC running back Marc Tyler will travel after all.

Not that it changed Notre Dame's preparation one way or another.

"We don't change because of a guy who might be probable or he's questionable," Brian Kelly said during his weekly radio show at Legends of Notre Dame. "I think at quarterback, if there's really two different quarterbacks, you may have an additional gameplan for another quarterback. But for those guys that are playing those other positions, we just assume they're playing. We don't listen to what people are saying about who's in or who's out."

Tyler dislocated his left shoulder a week ago against Cal and has started the Trojans' last five games, though junior Curtis McNeal is still expected to start Saturday.

Tyler has carried the ball 83 times for 368 yards and a pair of touchdowns this season.

Meanwhile, Ethan Johnson's status looks murkier despite being cleared to play.

The defensive end sprained his right ankle nearly three weeks ago at Purdue. Kelly said the Irish's depth on the defensive line this season allows him to be more cautious with Johnson.

"He's getting better," Kelly said. "I don't think he's at a level where he can play 50, 60 plays. I expect him, if our coaches feel like he can help us you may see him out there."