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A Key Notre Dame Defender Has Suffered A Torn ACL

A general view of Notre Dame's football stadium.

SOUTH BEND, IN - NOVEMBER 17: A general view of Notre Dame Stadium as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on November 17, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 38-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

With just two days before the start of their college football season, Notre Dame received some bad news. A key defender suffered a torn ACL in practice earlier this week.

According to Irish Sports Daily, defensive back Shaun Crawford tore his ACL during Tuesday's practice. As a result of the injury, Crawford is likely to miss the entire season.

It's a tough break for Crawford and the Fighting Irish. He was expected to fight for the starting role at the nickel position.

Here's more from the report:

Irish Sports Daily has learned through multiple sources that Notre Dame defensive back Shaun Crawford tore his ACL in practice on Tuesday afternoon.

A source told Irish Sports Daily this ACL tear is in the left knee, the opposite of Crawford's previous ACL injury.

Crawford has battled injuries throughout his collegiate career. He tore his ACL during his freshman season and then ruptured his Achilles during his sophomore campaign.

No. 12 Notre Dame faces a stiff test on Saturday when No. 14 Michigan comes to town. The game is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff and will be broadcast on NBC.

[Irish Sports Daily]