Notre Dame could be without two crucial cogs in its defensive machinery.
Sources told Irish Illustrated Thursday that team captain Sheldon Day injured his foot in practice this week and that while the senior defensive tackle is expected to play, he won’t be at full strength.
Today Notre Dame media relations announced that freshman nose tackle Jerry Tillery will not play in today’s Fiesta Bowl contest against Ohio State due to a violation of team rules.
Tillery finished his rookie season with 12 tackles including two for lost yardage in a backup role. The true freshman earned three starts in his debut campaign including the season finale at Stanford.
Out for the entire 2015 regular season, initial starting nose tackle Jarron Jones is expected to return to action today against the No. 7 Buckeyes.
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly confirmed earlier this week that seven-game starter on the nose, sophomore Daniel Cage, continues to recover from an ankle injury. His status for the contest is unknown.