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Brian Kelly Gives Big Update On Star TE Recovering From Major Injury

Notre Dame's Cole Kmet and Durham Smythe celebrate a touchdown.

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 28: Durham Smythe #80 and Cole Kmet #84 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrate after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Notre Dame Stadium on October 28, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

When Notre Dame tight end Cole Kmet went down with a broken collarbone several weeks ago, it was reasonable to think he'd be gone for a month at least. But apparently Kmet is made of much tougher stuff than we thought.

Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Kelly revealed that Kmet is already back to catching footballs. Kmet broke his collarbone earlier this month, and as One Foot Down noted, it usually takes 6-8 weeks to heal.

Whether or not Kmet is actually game ready though remains to be seen.

Kmet is in line to start at tight end, replacing Alize Mack, who's off to the NFL this fall. Last season Kmet had 15 receptions for 162 yards in nine games played.

Nevertheless, Kelly does intend to utilize two tight end sets a little more often this coming year.

While Cole Kmet gets to game fitness, redshirt freshmen Tommy Tremble and George Takacs will presumably be utilized more.

The Irish have dealt with plenty of injuries this summer, but Kmet's is among the more impactful.

If he can get back on the field in time for their game against Georgia, maybe Notre Dame has a chance to make some serious noise this year.