Notre Dame linebacker Ben Councell has been lost for the rest of the season due to a serious left knee injury, Irish coach Brian Kelly said on Sunday.
Councell was hurt during Notre Dame’s 38-34 victory over Navy this past Saturday. The 6-foot-4, 254-pound junior had 15 tackles on the season with one tackle for loss and a forced fumble.
He was the main backup to true freshman Jaylon Smith at outside linebacker, so his injury will hurt Notre Dame’s depth, especially since this is the second injury to hit the Irish linebacker corps in as many weeks. Another outside backer, Ishaq Williams, hurt his knee against Air Force.