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Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Clausen to be ready for fall practice after medical procedure

By Joe Schad
ESPN.com

A source close to Notre Dame freshman quarterback Jimmy Clausen said Wednesday that Clausen underwent a medical procedure on an elbow.

Notre Dame spokesman Brian Hardin said that Clausen would be ready when the team begins fall practice on Aug. 6.

Hardin said he could not add any further information.

In January, the Miami Herald reported Clausen had bone spurs in his right, throwing elbow. In March, Clausen's father, Jim Clausen Sr., told the Chicago Sun-Times that his son had played through a non-specificied arm injury during his senior year of high school and that various options would be considered if discomfort continued.

Clausen was held out of winter 7-on-7 drills but participated in Notre Dame's spring practice. In the Blue and Gold scrimmage, Clausen was 3 of 7 for 23 yards, splitting repetitions with three other quarterbacks.

Clausen is the most highly touted player to arrive at Notre Dame since Ron Powlus in 1993. Clausen enrolled at Notre Dame in January after graduating from high school early.

Last week, Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis announced Clausen, redshirt freshman Demetrius Jones and junior Evan Sharpley would compete for the starting position in the fall.

Joe Schad covers college football for ESPN.