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Notre Dame could be playing without star quarterback Wimbush on Saturday

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The Notre Dame football team will be on the road this weekend to take on North Carolina, but the Irish could be playing without their star quarterback Brandon Wimbush.

Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly says Wimbush has a foot injury and is wearing a walking boot.

Kelly says Wimbush has had an MRI and X-ray on the foot and both have come back clean, but it's unclear just yet when he will be cleared to return to practice.

“He experienced some foot soreness after the game so we put him in a walking boot, which is fairly typical relative to procedures," Coach Kelly said.

Despite rumors that Wimbush injured his foot after the game Saturday night during a "non-football related activity," Coach Kelly says the injury happened at some point during the Miami of Ohio game, although he's not exactly sure when.

“I trust what Brandon tells me and have no reason not to trust 100 percent what he tells me. He went out (after the game) and felt his foot was not right and he went home. That’s what he told me. I have no reason not to believe him," Coach Kelly said.

Sophomore backup quarterback Ian Book has played in 4 games this season, including the majority of the 4th quarter against Miami of Ohio. He has completed 3-of-8 passes for 51 yards. He also has 40 rushing yards.

Coach Kelly said it is possible for Wimbush to miss practice Tuesday, but still be cleared to play Saturday. He is day-to-day at this point.

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