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Johnson will be game-time decision

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Ethan Johnson's availability for Saturday's game against Air Force will be a game-time decision.

The senior defensive end twisted his ankle in the first quarter of Saturday night's win over Purdue. He kept the ankle immobilized in a walking boot until Thursday night's practice.

"We'll have to see how he moves," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. "He doesn't have to do some of the jobs he's used to doing at the four technique. We've moved him inside. WE'll have to see how he does during warmups. It's encouraging but I'm not ready to put my stamp on it right now."

Johnson's availability will directly impact how much freshmen Aaron Lynch and Stephon Tuitt play against Air Force's triple-option, which they will be seeing for the first time.

"They are young guys," Kelly said. "They are going to make mistakes, but I'll tell you, they are going to make a lot of plays, too." 

In other injury news, longsnapper Jordan Cowart broke his hand in a scuffle against Purdue but snapped in practice Thursday and is expected to take a pain-killing injection and play.

"If he can't go --- and today he snapped --- it will be [Braxston] Cave for short snapping and [Ryan] Kavanagh for longsnapping," Kelly said.

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