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Brian Kelly Announces Devastating Daelin Hayes Injury Update

Notre Dame's Daelin Hayes chases Michigan quarterback.

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 01: Dylan McCaffrey #10 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to outrun the tackle of Daelin Hayes #9 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the second half at Notre Dame Stadium on September 1, 2018 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame won the game 24-17. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Notre Dame will be without one of its top defensive players for the rest of the season. Defensive end Daelin Hayes is done for the year.

Hayes suffered a torn labrum is Saturday's 35-20 win over Virginia. He was injured early in the game and did not return.

The news is a major blow for the Fighting Irish, as Hayes was a key member of the team's collection of quality defensive ends.

In four games this season, he compiled six tackles (three for loss), one sack and one fumble recovery.

The silver lining for Hayes? The injury occurred in the fourth game of the season. By NCAA rule, he is still eligible for a redshirt campaign and could return as a fifth-year senior in 2020.

Without Hayes, Notre Dame will rely more on defensive ends Khalid Kareem and Julian Okwara. The pair has combined for 5.5 sacks this season, and Okwara dominated in yesterday's win over UVA.

Redshirt freshman Ovie Oghuofo also saw extended action with Hayes out and recorded a half-sack in the process.

Notre Dame's next game will be next Saturday against Bowling Green.