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Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey Will Not Play vs. Notre Dame

Stanford star running back Christian McCaffrey will not play against Notre Dame on Saturday night.

When Stanford takes on rival Notre Dame Saturday night in a pivotal contest for both teams' bowl game aspirations, it will reportedly be doing so without its best player. Running back Christian McCaffrey, a leading Heisman Trophy candidate, will miss the game with a leg injury.

McCaffrey was considered questionable all week after suffering an injury during last week's contest against Washington State.

Tim Prister of Irish Illustrated was the first to report the news.

McCaffrey, a junior, finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting last year - to Alabama's Derrick Henry. On the season, he's rushed 99 times for 520 yards and three touchdowns. He's also caught 18 balls for 154 yards and a score. Obviously, this is a huge hit to Stanford's offense. We'll see if Notre Dame can take advantage. Update: Stanford has confirmed the news.

If Notre Dame can't win this game with McCaffrey out, the Irish will be hard-pressed to make a bowl game.