As if claiming its starting quarterback, running back and tight end wasn’t enough, the Injury Gods claimed another member of Notre Dame’s offense during the Irish’s 41-31 win over USC on Saturday night. Left guard Alex Bars will miss the remainder of the season with a fractured ankle.
Bars is the seventh Notre Dame player lost to injury this season.
Bars started at left guard against Navy and USC. But, in a positive note, the player he replaced returned to the lineup and replaced his own replacement. Kelly said fellow redshirt freshman Quenton Nelson, who suffered a sprained ankle in a loss to Clemson on Oct. 3, performed admirably in relief of Bars on Saturday.
“He’s not 100 percent, but he went in there and didn’t miss a beat,” Kelly told our own JJ Stankevitz. “That’s the expectation here. You’re going to have to play banged up. We’re never going to put you in there if it’s a compromising situation — he was not 100 percent, but he knew his team needed him, he went in there and came up big for us.”