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Irish's Anthony McDonald out vs. Purdue

Updated: August 24, 2010, 3:10 PM ET
By Wes Morgan | ESPNChicago.com

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Anthony McDonald's tweaked right knee is more serious than he originally thought and the junior inside linebacker, who was battling for a starting role alongside Manti Te'o, won't be available for Notre Dame's Sept. 4 season opener at home against Purdue.

That was bad news that came later in coach Brian Kelly's press conference Tuesday, which began on a much more optimistic note.

"We'll start off by saying we still plan on beating Purdue," Kelly said.

Kelly ...

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