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Tuesday's injury report

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Brian Kelly confirmed that running back Jonas Gray torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in Saturday's win over Boston College and said there is "other collateral damage in there that is going to have to be taken care of as well." 

The Notre Dame coach said the senior will undergo surgery soon and can expect a six-month recovery. 

Receiver Theo Riddick, meanwhile, will test his injured hamstring at practice Tuesday. Riddick hasn't played since injuring his hamstring in a win over Wake Forest on Nov. 5. On Sunday, Kelly said he was considering moving Riddick back to running back to replace Gray, although that seems less likely given his slow recovery.

Riddick was a running back before being switched to receiver. Kelly said freshmen running backs Cam McDaniel and George Atkinson III should expect to play.

"He's obviously in a position that requires explosive movements and he just didn't have that explosiveness," Kelly said of Riddick, who did not play against Boston College. "He felt pretty good. He felt like this week he should be able to contribute so we'll run him around again today and give him an opportunity to really assess where he is after today's practice. Generally, if there's not a lot of soreness and he's got that burst we figure him into what we're going to do on Saturday. Today will be an important day for him."

Defensive end Stephon Tuitt missed Saturday's game because of an illness. He has yet to recover.

"He's still ill," Kelly said. "He's still not feeling well. We'll continue to monitor him and his progress and probably get a better feel for him later in the week."

When asked what was specifically ailing Tuitt and other players, Kelly said: "I don't know the specifics of it other than to tell you we've had a number of guys who have come down with it. He seems to be affected by it to a point where he has missed a game."

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