Notre Dame being cautious with QB Brandon Wimbush's foot injury

Chicago Tribune

Notre Dame is being cautious with Brandon Wimbush after the quarterback experienced some soreness in his right foot after the Irish's 52-17 victory over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday.

Coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday that an MRI and an X-ray "both came back clean."

The redshirt sophomore is in a walking boot, which Kelly said is "fairly typical relative to procedures." Kelly said the injury occurred during Saturday's game.

"We'll take it day to day," Kelly said. "There was no structural damage, no ligament damage. We just want to be really cautious with him and we'll begin the process of practicing and see how he progresses during the week."

Kelly said it was too soon to label Wimbush's status for Saturday's game at North Carolina.

"I don't expect him to have to go out and practice on a Tuesday," Kelly said. "I'll have a better sense and feel after (Tuesday) and going into (Wednesday) with what he can do. Most teams practice on Monday and get a sense for what somebody can do. We don't get on the field until (Tuesday)."

Kelly was asked about speculation that the injury occurred in a non-football activity.

"I trust what Brandon tells me," Kelly said. "I have no reason not to trust, 100 percent, what Brandon tells me. He went out (after the game), felt his foot was not right and he went home."

Wimbush has completed 69 of 132 passes (52.3 percent) for 782 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions this season. He also has rushed for 402 yards and eight touchdowns.

Backup quarterback Ian Book has appeared in four games this season, completing 3 of 8 passes for 51 yards and rushing for 40 yards on five attempts.

"We're a 6-4 (practice) rep-split operation, so (Book has) been getting a lot of work through camp (and) through the season," Kelly said. "He has a lot of meaningful reps.

"We'll see where Brandon is. Whether that changes or not, we'll get a look at it (Tuesday). If we have to increase (Book's) reps, that will be the first thing we will do."

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