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Notre Dame Freshman LB Out For Spring With Injury

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly looks on during the game against the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Winter isn't even over but the Notre Dame Fighting Irish already know that one top recruit won't be able to join them when they open Spring camp. Notre Dame freshman linebacker Jack Kiser is injured and could be out for a solid chunk of time.

According to NDInsider, Kiser has undergone surgery on a partially torn left labrum and will reportedly miss all of the team's Spring preparations. Per the report, he will be wearing a sling on his arm for at least four weeks.

Fortunately for the Fighting Irish, the injury does not appear to be season-threatening. The report indicates that he should be back to full health before the start of Fall football.

From the report:

The nature of when and how Kiser suffered the injury is unknown. The Royal Center (Ind.) Pioneer High product felt soreness in the left shoulder before he arrived at Notre Dame. After joining the team in mid-January, Kiser underwent a physical exam that prompted ND’s medical staff to evaluate his shoulder via MRI.

The MRI results, which came on Feb. 2, revealed a partial tear. The Irish staff and Kiser then agreed that surgery would nip the labral tear in the bud. Kiser remained an unrestricted full participant in ND’s workouts until the planned surgery, because there was no perceived risk in the workouts alone. Contact via spring football would have risked further injury.

Kiser is a three-star prospect from the Class of 2019. Per 247Sports he was the No. 416 prospect in the country, the No. 21 outside linebacker in the country, and the No. 7 prospect from the state of Indiana.

The Indiana linebacker was named the state's Mr. Football, and was the highest-rated in-state recruit that Notre Dame secured for 2019.

Kiser's injury is a blow to his budding football career, but the team on the whole was able to recruit enough talent at his position to get by.

In addition to Kiser, Notre Dame managed to secure several more highly-touted outside linebackers, including four-star J.D. Bertrand and three-star Marist Liufau.

[NDInsider]