Notre Dame’s defense struggled to hold down Northwestern last week, and it could be in for an uphill battle this weekend against Louisville. When the Cardinals visit South Bend, Indiana on Saturday, the Irish will be without two defensive players due to knee injuries. Defensive linemen Sheldon Day, a starter, and Daniel Cage will each sit out of this weekend’s game. Head coach Brian Kelly made that official while speaking with the media Tuesday.
Day is working through a sprained MCL and there is currently no estimation when he may return to the Irish defensive line. Day has been a key member of the Irish defensive line and has been a starter on the one side of the line. Day leads the Irish in tackles for a loss with 7.5. It is possible Day may not return before the end of the regular season, but there is no confirmation whether or not he might be available for Notre Dame’s potential bowl game.
Cage is expected to be back much sooner. Kelly suggested the reserve lineman, with a sprained knee, could be back for Notre Dame’s final game of the regular season against USC.