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Head coach Brian Kelly speaks to reporters after Notre Dame football invited media to a spring practice on Wednesday, March 18, 2014, in South Bend. (James Buck / The Elkhart Truth) (Buy this photo)
Notre Dame loses nose guard Tony Springmann to medical hardship
Posted on Aug. 1, 2014 at 1:23 p.m.

NOTRE DAME — Notre Dame enters fall training camp with both good and bad injury news.

Senior linebacker Jarrett Grace, who underwent two surgeries after breaking his leg against Arizona State last October, will be in good shape for the fall, according to head coach Brian Kelly.

“We think that he’s in a great position now,” Kelly said. “He’s going to be close to being ready when the season starts.”

On the other hand, senior defensive lineman Tony Springmann’s career is over due to lingering back issues.

Springmann missed the 2013 season after he tore his ACL during fall practice and an infection kept him out of spring football. Though his collegiate playing career is over, Springmann will stay around the football program.

“He'll still stay involved in the program,” Kelly said. “Tony has done a great job of mentoring a lot of our younger players in the program, he's shown great leadership, great resolve coming back from his knee injury. He'll stay connected with our program and still be part of us.”

With Springmann out, Notre Dame will look to returning starter Jarron Jones and freshmen linemen Pete Mokwuah and Daniel Cage. All three weigh over 300 pounds, which makes Kelly optimistic.

Kelly singled out linebacker Ben Councell and center Nick Martin as “setting the bar” for returning from their respective knee injuries. Tight end Mike Heuerman had hernia surgery last month and will miss about a month.

Tight end Ben Koyack underwent shoulder surgery during the off-season but is cleared for fall camp.