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March 27, 2013

Carlisle, Hounshell out for spring

The first day in full pads during spring practice will be the last day in full pads during spring practice for Amir Carlisle and Chase Hounshell.

On Wednesday Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly confirmed an Irish Illustrated report from Sunday that the running back and defensive end both suffered significant injuries during Saturday's practice. It was the first in full gear during Notre Dame's spring schedule.

Carlisle broke his collarbone while Hounshell suffered a shoulder injury. A source told Irish Illustrated that Hounshell's injury was a shoulder dislocation, the same shoulder he injured last year.

"Chase Hounshell reinjured his shoulder, he'll have to have surgery again," Kelly said, adding that the junior will miss the entire season. "Certainly feel terrible for Chase. After a second injury, you can imagine his disappointing it is for him and for us."

Amir Carlisle had surgery on Tuesday and Kelly said he faces a four-week recovery process. The running back injured the collarbone after being fallen on in a tackling pile.

"A minor setback," Kelly said. "Amir has had a great spring. We've seen what we need to see out of him."

Carlisle is expected back before the start of training camp while Hounshell's return is less clear. The shoulder injury is the second during his brief Notre Dame career, with the most recent surgery coming last season. He'd returned with nearly 20 pounds of added weight from last season and figured to be a key part of the Irish defensive line.

While Carlisle's injury is less serious, it's also the second significant setback in a year for the former USC running back. He broke his ankle and suffered nerve damage before the start of last spring practice and ultimately missed the entire season.

The junior was in the mix for Notre Dame's starting running back job or slot receiver, which also suffered a blow with the departure of Davonte' Neal this week. The combination of injury and transfer leave the Z receiver position threadbare barring a position change.

Kelly said sophomore CJ Prosise could be Notre Dame's top slot receiver moving.

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