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Notre Dame tight end Alize Mack out for Wake Forest game

Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush will be without a key safety blanket for this Saturday’s game against Wake Forest.

Irish head coach Brian Kelly confirmed to reporters after practice on Thursday that tight end Alize Mack would miss the team’s home contest against the Demon Deacons as the look to defend that No. 3 ranking in the first edition of the College Football Playoff rankings.

Mack entered the concussion protocol after hitting his head following an attempted catch in last week’s win over N.C. State. He was fourth on the team with 17 catches for 154 yards on the season.

The loss of Mack likely puts even more on starter Durham Smythe’s plate and could limit the team at the position, where they had been using more and more two tight end sets. It does sound as though keeping him out for the Wake Forest game is precautionary and, should Mack not have any setbacks, he could be in line to return for the team’s trip to Miami the following Saturday in a huge game between the rival programs.