Notre Dame won’t have Devin Butler to start next season.
The senior cornerback has broken his left foot for the second time in six months, which Brian Kelly said would keep him out 14-to-16 weeks and require surgery. Notre Dame’s head coach revealed the injury to reporters at his Kelly Cares golf outing on Monday.
Butler, who also broke his foot during Fiesta Bowl preparations, won’t be available until mid-September in a best-case scenario and could require rehab into October at worst. Regardless of that timeline, training camp is out and makes it difficult to see him holding off Nick Watkins and Shaun Crawford and the rest of Notre Dame’s contenders to start at cornerback opposite Cole Luke.
Watkins faces his own rehab after breaking his left arm during spring practice, although at the point of that injury Notre Dame expected him back for summer workouts.
Nick Coleman and Ashton White will also be in the running for time behind Crawford and Watkins. Notre Dame’s next class of talent could play a part too with Donte Vaughn, Julian Love and Troy Pride Jr. all enrolled.
Training camp likely kicks off at Culver Academy on Aug. 6