Notre Dame DL Louis Nix (knee surgery) out for the year

Louis Nix will miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery. (USATSI)
Louis Nix will miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery. (USATSI)

Notre Dame nose guard Louis Nix will miss the rest of the year after undergoing surgery to repair torn meniscus in his knee, Brian Kelly announced on Thursday.

Nix missed time earlier this seaseon due to knee tendinitis, and Kelly said that meniscus damage was found as well. Instead of waiting until the offseason, Nix elected to go ahead with the surgery. 

CBSSports.com currently has Nix ranked as the No. 12 overall prospect and No. 1 defensive tackle in the 2014 NFL Draft class, and both Rob Rang and Dane Brugler project him to be a first-round selection. If Nix has plans of joining the 2014 draft class, then getting this kind of surgery done before further injury is a smart career decision. 

Nix is a redshirt junior and may return for a fifth year if he chooses. When reporters asked him about the NFL Draft in light of the surgery, Nix was quick to respond with more pressing issues.

Notre Dame will celebrate Senior Day on Saturday against BYU, then travel to Stanford to finish the season. 

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