Kmet's injury tempers excitement as Irish wrap week in Culver
CULVER, Ind. - Notre Dame football entered fall camp with high expectations after a College Football Playoff berth. While they still hold the same excitement over what the coming season could hold, the Irish ended their first camp week in Culver with some tough injury news.
Irish Illustrated first reported that tight end Cole Kmet broke his collarbone during Thursday's practice and is expected to miss at least three to six weeks.
The injury came during 1-on-1 drills, when Kmet and safety Alohi Gilman battled for a back-shoulder throw from Ian Book. Though Kmet came down with the catch in the endzone, he landed on his right side with Gilman on top of him. After a few moments on the ground, Kmet was helped to the medical tent before taking a cart for more examinations inside at Culver Military Academy.
Gilman was also caught with a slight injury himself in a different portion of practice. During 11-on-11 work, he and running back Jafar Armstrong collided at the goal line. No official update has been given for Gilman's injury, though he sat out the final 30 minutes of practice, pointing to his neck and shoulder area.
Brian Kelly will next address the media on Saturday when Notre Dame returns to campus for the final three weeks of fall camp. Check back with ABC57 for his comments on Kmet and Gilman, along with the overall development of the football team as they prepare for a Labor Day season opener against Louisville.
See some of the action from Thursday's practice in the video above!