Report: Notre Dame RB Greg Bryant suspended four games

Greg Bryant rushed for 289 yards and three touchdowns in 2014. (USATSI)

Notre Dame's depth chart heading into the 2015 season was already a bit thin, but the situation is reportedly going to be a even slimmer for the first month of the season.

According to a report from Irish247, running back Greg Bryant is going to miss the first four games of the season. The suspension is for that classic offense known as "a violation of team rules." What exactly that violation is, only Notre Dame and Bryant know, but it's a rather significant blow to the Irish offense.

Notre Dame will begin the 2015 season by jumping right into the deep end, as its first four games -- the ones Bryant will miss -- are against Texas, at Virginia, Georgia Tech and UMass. The UMass game is the only "gimme" of the bunch.

Bryant's absence will likely lead to Notre Dame having to shuffle the deck at running back. Bryant finished second on the team in rushing last season, and entering the spring he and Tarean Folston were the only scholarship backs on the roster. Incoming freshmen Dexter Williams and Josh Adams will join the team this summer, but odds are coach Brian Kelly won't want to rely on them so early in the season.

That is why C.J. Prosise, who spent the last two years on the roster as a slot receiver, led the team in rushing during the spring game. There's also Amir Carlisle, who was recruited to USC as a running back before transferring to Notre Dame and spending the 2014 season as a wideout.

Bryant's absence will also be felt on special teams, as he spent time as a punt returner last season, returning eight punts for 94 yards.

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