Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush didn’t appear to be in any discomfort in the Fighting Irish’s Week 5 win over Miami (Ohio), but Monday, Wimbush was spotted on crutches with a boot around his right foot.
Wednesday, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said Wimbush has a “Grade 1 strain,” and he expects Wimbush to be out of the boot and “moving around” at the team’s Wednesday practice.
“He’ll move around today, and I think we’ve got plenty of time to get him ready,” Kelly said in his teleconference Wednesday. “(Yesterday) was a good day, and we expect more progress today.”
Kelly said that Wimbush participated in team meetings and signaled all of the plays during Tuesday’s practice. he also did “some light throwing” and “some core exercises,” but he remained in the walking boot.
Kelly also reiterated that X-rays and MRIs revealed no structural damage to Wimbush’s foot. Kelly said he expects Wimbush to “continue to make progress” toward playing in the Irish’s Week 6 game at North Carolina.
If Wimbush is unable to play, backup Ian Book will make his first college start. Even if that’s the case, Kelly said, Notre Dame won’t change its offensive approach.
“It’s not a one-man show here. I mean, this football team is built for the next person that steps up. It’s a next-man-in philosophy here. One player is not going to change how we go about and do our work.”
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