Theo Riddick is definitely out with a severely sprained ankle and could be out for an extended period. Michael Floyd will not practice this week because of a Grade I hamstring pull and will be a game-time decision, coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday.
''We'll rest him this week, but we are going to dress him for Saturday and see where he is,'' Kelly said of Floyd.
Riddick's sprained ankle is in a cast. ''It's going to take some time,'' Kelly said. ''We were fearful that it would require surgery. It doesn't look like it will. But this is something that's going to take some time ... to heal. We'll see what it looks like after we get the cast off and the healing process begins. But he's definitely out for this weekend.''
Riddick, a 5-11, 198-pound sophomore from Manville, N.J. -- an hour's drive to New Meadowlands Stadium -- is Notre Dame's second-leading receiver with 38 receptions for 406 yards (10.7 yards per catch) and three touchdowns. He caught 33 passes for 363 yards in a four-game span (Michigan State, Stanford, Boston College and Pitt). He had one catch for 11 yards against Western Michigan last Saturday in South Bend before leaving with the ankle injury.
Freshman TJ Jones, a starter all season at the 'X' receiver spot, will move into Riddick's slot receiver position. Jones has 12 catches for 203 yards and two touchdowns, but has been limited to six catches for 89 yards in the past five games.