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Dan Wenger done for season, 6th year a possibility

Oct 7, 2010, 6:11 PM EDT

As many suspected, Brian Kelly announced that senior center Dan Wenger was ruled out for the season after suffering multiple concussions. Wenger had been out since before the Purdue game after he suffered two concussions during preseason camp.

Kelly was adamant that Wenger is still very much a part of the football team and has been spending time with mentoring underclassmen, providing a “student assistant angle” to guys like Chris Watt. Kelly revealed yesterday that Wenger had met with specialists at the University of Michigan to determine whether or not he’d be cleared to return to play.

Notre Dame and Wenger will explore the idea of a 6th year for Wenger, who has battled injuries since he arrived in South Bend, though no decision has been made yet.

  1. Luke - Oct 7, 2010 at 7:46 PM

    It’s probably in poor taste to joke about a head injury… but, where else in the world would they know about brain impairment, than Ann Arbor? just sayin.

  2. #1 IRISHFAN - Oct 7, 2010 at 8:09 PM

    I am seeing an unstoppable offensive line if he does return…..we may just have lucked out a bit. But then again I guess It’d be better not to make lite of the situation! Optimism is the goal!

  3. Danno27 - Oct 7, 2010 at 10:37 PM

    Cheers to you, Dan Wenger, for being a champ. I think you should probably hang up the cleats though – one more season isn’t worth the very real and often irreversible trauma that can happen in a flash with concussions. You’ve got more to live for.

  4. CJW - Oct 8, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    I feel bad for the kid. He came in under the shadow of Sam Young, but also highly recruited and he just hasn’t quite bin able to live up.
    I hope he can resume his career and is deserving of a 6th year although the NCAA will get to decide that if he applies.
    Lets give some kudos for the play of the OL. It has been sooooooo much better than any time in the weiss era. Plus we are 2 deep without much drop off. Crist is getting good protection but is still holding the ball way to long. What I like is how few procedure, off sides, and holding calls they have had. That is good play.
    We just look like a young team on offense. We are very close. I think the next 4 games will tell us a lot advancement wise. Some of these games should be gimmies, but how we play and the margin we win by will tell us if we are advancing. Utah is a good team but USC is starting to feel the stank they put on themselves and should be beatable.

  5. JRM - Oct 14, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    Thanks for the 5th Year article But
    Rudolph, Floyd .. would be coming back as Seniors next year NOT as 5th years. This affects your calculations as to who would be asked back and available scholarships

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