Notre Dame notes and quotes
Emptying the notebook leading into tomorrow night's showdown in East Lansing.
--- Linebacker Danny Spond, who has been dealing with the lingering effects of a migraine since the first week of training camp, was cleared and returned to practice this week. Brian Kelly said Spond will play this week, and that he's 1A and 1B with Ben Councell at the drop linebacker (outside linebacker) position.
Kelly said Spond was dealing with the kind of soreness players usually experience during two-a-days, but that he was "full go."
"He was in the training room (Wednesday) and felt great, and he's cleared and he's pretty excited to play," Kelly said. "He will play Saturday."
--- Sophomore wideout DaVaris Daniels, ND's second-leading receiver through two games, made a quick recovery from a high-ankle sprain that had him in a walking boot on Sunday.
"I was surprised," Kelly said. "We weren't sure what we were going to get from him. First-time injuries, you have to see how that plays out. But he did a good job. ... He's going to be all right."
--- Kyle Brindza, who kicked the game-winning field goal against Purdue, will again handle all placekicking duties for the Irish on Saturday. Nick Tausch, who was the starter against Navy, is still dealing with a groin strain, so the expected competition this week never materialized.
"Tausch is still not at 100 percent," Kelly said "There really wasn't any competition this week. Kyle had a great week of practice."
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