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Notre Dame's Michael Floyd says he'll play against Navy

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Wide receiver Michael Floyd sat out Wednesday's practice with a hamstring pull but said he's playing Saturday against Navy at the Meadowlands.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly had said Floyd's status for Navy would be game-time decision. But Floyd already has made up his mind.

''I'll tell you right now I'm going to play,'' Floyd said. ''I don't know how much I'm going to play. But we'll see.''
Floyd was limited to ''light running, mostly  mental stuff'' in practice Wednesday, according to Kelly.

''Just making sure he's alert and knows everything we're doing within our game plan,'' Kelly said. ''He wants to get out there. We're not going to do anything with him until tomorrow. We'll move him around tomorrow. I don't want to do too much with him until game time and the we'll see how he feels.

''They think if we give him 72 hours with the treatment we put him on, that should put him in  a pretty good position for Saturday ad we'll just see how he looks and make a decision.''
 
Floyd said he was not concerned that teammate Kyle Rudolph tried to play through a hamstring injury and ended up with a season-ending torn hamstring that required surgery last week.

''You can't worry about the injury because you're just going to wind up getting hurt,'' Floyd said. ''Once you're in there, you're in there. You can't really worry about it.''

He said he is not considering taking a game off to make sure the injury is healed. After catching nine passes for 157 yards and three touchdowns against Western Michigan last Saturday, he feels he can manage the situation.

''I know my limits,'' he said. ''Last week I knew my limits Coach agreed and I sat out. I have until whenever I feel comfortable that I can get out there and contribute and give 100 percent.''

Elsewhere on the injury front, running back Armando Allen was ''much better'' Wednesday after suffering from a hip-flexor last week. Allen tried to play with the injury against Western Michigan, but had carries for minus-one, minus-two and three yards and was shut down.

''He had that cortisone shot, which takes about two or three days [to take affect],'' Kelly said. ''He had it on Thursday and Saturday he was still sore obviously. But he feels much better today.''

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