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Brian Kelly Provides Major Injury Updates Before Michigan Game

Brian Kelly clapping on the Notre Dame sideline.

EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 23: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches the warm ups prior to the start of the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on September 23, 2017 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Notre Dame heads into a pivotal matchup against Michigan on Saturday night needing to win to remain in the College Football Playoff hunt. The Irish will have to win out in order to keep themselves in the mix.

This evening, Brian Kelly provided a major update on injured cornerback Shaun Crawford. Crawford has missed the last two games after dislocating his elbow in the win over Virginia on September 28.

He will be able to return this weekend, Kelly said. Also, running back Jafar Armstrong, who battled injuries earlier in the season and played sparingly two weeks ago against USC, will be available as well.

The Crawford news is especially promising. You're talking about a kid who tore his ACL in 2015 and 2018, with an Achilles tear in 2016 sandwiched in.

When he has seen the field, Crawford has been a quality player. Getting him back should be a huge boost to Notre Dame's secondary.

As for Armstrong, he adds a dynamic dimension to a deep Irish backfield, particularly in the passing game. He should split time with Tony Jones Jr. and Jahmir Smith against the Wolverines.

Notre Dame and Michigan will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday night from Ann Arbor. ABC will broadcast the action.