Armando Allen has hip-flexor, could miss Western Michigan game
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- One day after losing tight end Kyle Rudolph to a season-ending injury, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is wrestling with another injured player who doesn't want to leave the lineup.
Running back Armando Allen, the Irish's leading rusher, sat out practice Wednesday with a hip flexor. With sophomore Cierre Wood picking up steam and senior Robert Hughes needing carries, it would seem to be a no-brainer to sit Allen against Western Michigan on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium.
Then again, maybe not.
''He's going to dress and he's going to want to play,'' Kelly said of Allen after practice. ''He told me that he's got to play. He said ... he hasn't gotten to seven games in a season, so this is kind of a milestone for him. We're going to be cautious and we think we can be with Cierre and Hughes and Jonas [Gray] back this week.''
Allen might be pulling a fast one on his coach. Injuries prevented him from playing more than three consecutive games last season. But he played in all 13 in 2008 and all 12 as a freshman in 2007.
Allen has rushed for 448 yards on 93 carries (4.8 yards per carry) with two touchdowns this season. He's averaged 4.3 yards per carry or more in five of Notre Dame's six games (he had 49 yards on 15 carries against Stanford.) Allen has 12 rushes for 10 or more yards, though only two in the past three games.
''He's probably our most consistent player and his vision is as good as any back I've coached,'' Kelly said.
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