Posted by Chip Patterson
After a brutal early season schedule that left Notre Dame in a 1-3 hole, the Irish have rattled off three straight wins and put them back in position to make a run at the postseason. Which of course is the worst time to be dealing with injury issues, particularly in the receiving corps. But with tight end Kyle Rudolph out for the season, Theo Riddick sitting out with an ankle, and Michael Floyd nursing a hamstring, the Irish could be looking at taking the field against Navy without their three leading receivers. However, Floyd claims he will be playing on Saturday, despite sitting out Wednesday's practice.
''I'll tell you right now I'm going to play,'' Floyd said after practice. ''I don't know how much I'm going to play. But we'll see."
Head coach Brian Kelly has officially listed Floyd as a game time decision. While Floyd has confidence that in his self-assessment, the Notre Dame training staff will likely be extra attentive to the injury after Kyle Rudolph stressed a similar injury to the point of needing surgery. Floyd played through the injury already against Western Michigan. While he favored the hamstring at times, it did not slow his production. Floyd led all receivers with nine catches for 157 yards and three touchdowns.
The Irish also expect to get a healthy Armando Allen back in the lineup, after being limited against Western Michigan with a hip-flexor. Getting healthy on the offensive side will be crucial against the Midshipmen. They can slow a game down with their option attack, making each Irish offensive possession even more important. If Notre Dame cannot execute their offense, it could be a long day for the Irish defense.
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