Notre Dame will be without two more pieces in the secondary for its Fiesta Bowl matchup with Ohio State later this week.
Safety Max Redfield and cornerback Devin Butler will both be unavailable, head coach Brian Kelly revealed to the media Tuesday afternoon. Butler broke his foot Monday during practice. Redfield has been sent home for an unspecified “violation of team rules.”
“Devin Butler broke his foot, so he’ll be out,” Kelly said. “The fifth metatarsal. So we’ll go with, Nick Watkins will start in his absence and Nick Coleman will be in there as well. That’s one announcement. The other announcement is we went Max Redfield home for violation of team rules. He will not be with us for the bowl as well.”
Kelly made the announcements before practice and will not address the media further until a regularly scheduled Wednesday media availability.
Butler moved into the starting lineup for the regular season finale against Stanford after KeiVarae Russell went down for the rest of the season with a broken tibia late in the game against Boston College.
He was featured in all 12 games this season with the one start, making 11 tackles (six solo) with two pass breakups and a fumble recovery.
Watkins has appeared in 11 games, mostly as a special teams player. He has five tackles.
Redfield has been a starting safety this season alongside Elijah Shumate and is third on the team with 64 total tackles. He also has one sack and one interception.
Kelly might look to veteran defensive back Matthias Farley as a solution at safety with Redfield away from the team. Farley has 33 tackles and an interception this season while playing nickel back.