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Brian Kelly Announces New Injury Update For RB Tony Jones Jr.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly after his team's loss to Michigan.

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN - OCTOBER 26: Head Coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish speaks at the after game press conference at a college football game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images)

No. 16 Notre Dame is coming off a brutal loss to the 14th ranked Michigan Wolverines last Saturday. The defeat came with its costs.

Following the game, ND head coach Brian Kelly said RB Tony Jones Jr. suffered an upper-body injury. Jones dealt with cartilage damage in his ribs, leading to his departure in the second half of the contest.

The Fighting Irish are preparing to face the Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday. But it's still unclear as to whether Jones will play or not.

According to the latest report, the ND RB will be a game-time decision for Saturday.

Jones has been one of Notre Dame's best weapons on offense this season. The junior back has 571 yards on just 88 carries this season, good for 6.5 yards per carry. He's also added four touchdowns including a 3-touchdown performance against Virginia in week 5.

The Fighting Irish still have five games remaining this season for Jones to reach 1,000 yards. But if he were to miss this Saturday's game, reaching the 1,000-yard mark would prove difficult.

Following its game against Virginia Tech, Notre Dame still has remaining contests against Duke, Navy, Boston College and Stanford. If the Fighting Irish can manage to end the season with five straight wins, there will be talk of a NY6 bowl.

But for now, all Jones will be focusing on is getting healthy for Notre Dame's contest vs. Virginia Tech on Saturday.