However, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Kinlaw continues to work hard and is set to join Absegami High (Absecon, N.J.) team halfway through the season.
Absegami coach Dennis Scuderi also said Notre Dame's interest in the committed Kinlaw never came into question after the injury.
"They've been extremely positive," Scuderi said. "They were in contact with me as soon as Rashad got hurt. I know he talked to (assistant) coach (Bob) Diaco, and they were more concerned about our season.
"They said there is nothing to worry about and nothing has changed on their end, and they were more concerned about us and our season and losing a kid like that."
Kinlaw will get the pin inserted into his ankle out in late August, and the plan is for him to be ready to play a month or so later.
"He's great. He's been in our workouts," Scuderi said. "He's working upper body, doing what he can do. He's throwing a ball sitting in a chair and on a knee. He hasn't skipped a beat, to be honest with you. He's worked hard. I feel like he's overcome some adversity at this point the first time, and now he's got to overcome it again."
The Irish recruited Kinlaw to play cornerback, and he will get some time there when he returns to the field. He will also play his more familiar quarterback position.
"He's going to be 100 percent when he gets back," Scuderi said. "We wouldn't put him out there unless he is, and he'll do both."