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Report: Ian Williams has torn MCL

Oct 25, 2010, 9:51 PM EDT

Both Joe Schad of ESPN and Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune are reporting that Ian Williams has a torn MCL and will miss approximately 4-6 weeks, putting his availability for the rest of the regular season in doubt.

While the loss is undoubtedly a killer for an Irish defense that just played its worst game of the season, the knee injury is actually better news than I was expecting. Depending on the severity of the MCL tear, Williams might not even need surgery to repair it, and the long-term prognosis for the senior defensive tackle shouldn’t be effected.

Williams is leading defensive linemen with 37 stops, and has seen his NFL draft stock rise during his senior season.

  1. vegasirish - Oct 25, 2010 at 11:43 PM

    I hate to say it, but this is one of the reasons Notre Dame should get out of these games with the service academies. I recognize the history behind the matchup, but risking injury to our defensive players due to illegal blocking isn’t helpful to the Irish in any way.

    If Notre Dame was allowed to get away with pass interference or holding on every play, people would be up in arms over the blatant disregard for the rules. However, Navy gets away with the illegal chop blocks, injuries happen, and no one seems to make a peep because “they’re Navy”.

    Keep up the good work, KA, and I love the new site. NBC spent bajillions on the Olympics, glad to see they invested some money into something a bit more entertaining.

    • bgnd91 - Oct 26, 2010 at 1:56 PM

      i agree 100%. i texted my friend the exact same thing the other day, tradition can kiss my ass. there is no long any use in playing navy. if we beat them, its whatever cuz we’re supposed to. if we lose to them, which we do alot these days, then you get everyone up in arms, and stupid shit happening like the final verdict they did on college football live saturday night. plus, instead of wasting all the time they do preparing for the gimmick navy calls an offense, it can be directed to practicing things that will help fundamentals, which the whole world knows we need help with. i just cant see an legit argument for why we should still play navy. and no, i dont see ‘tradition’ as a legit reason, we already have enough ‘traditional’ opponents.

      • papadec - Oct 27, 2010 at 2:52 AM

        I believe that we play Navy not so much for “Tradition” – but more for “neutral sites” where we can satisfy alumni ticket requests on the East coast and/or in Europe. Same thing for Army. The only benefit I can see in playing Boston College is for recruiting in New England. For all the people who feel ND football is “irrelevant” – do you really think there are other teams that could fill those “neutral site” venues? GO IRISH !!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. bigirishfan - Oct 26, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    This is the final nail in our coffin.

    First Randolph, then Floyd, now this.

    We will be the underdog in all the rest of our games.

    Our losing record will drive away all the good recruits.

    We apparently already lost Trey Burton’s brother to Florida.

    This is only the start.

    All of our “commitments” are probably reconsidering, and well they should.

    Little reason to be optimistic. No hope on the horizon.

    • rtguard - Oct 26, 2010 at 11:16 AM

      “bigirishfan”?????? Floyd is not out for the season, and more than likely will play against Tulsa…. Riddick could be back for Utah (with the week off)… and to express that “all of our commitments are probably reconsidering, and well they should” is just plain irresponsible and contradictory to the log in name of “bigirishfan”….should probably re-think that one.

  3. brendanunderscoreg - Oct 26, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    well, i don’t think the sky is falling but this certainly hurts. i’m with vegasmark on this one. we need to ditch these teams. people will say we’re running away but the health of the team is more important.

  4. 1notredamefan - Oct 26, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    They have obviously found a way to work around the legality of the “Block” we are dealing with a government entity here, many minds have undoubtedly come together in order to win against us! Good for them and there win, call it a war because they obviously have waged one against us! GO IRISH!!!

  5. unbiasednd - Oct 26, 2010 at 1:04 PM


    Have you seen this? What do you make of that?

    • bean23 - Oct 26, 2010 at 3:52 PM

      If you make a move that puts you on the ground between a player and a pile, nobody should be shocked when you get stepped on by that player trying to get into that pile.

  6. 1notredamefan - Oct 26, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Well if you had someone trying to break your knees on every play you might stomp some people too!! Plain and simple they are dirty !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. chuckles10 - Oct 26, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    This schtick is getting old. First off…there is nothing illegal or dirty about a cut block. It is a fundamental practice that even Notre Dame employs (see video of ND cut blocking Navy defensive lineman at
    Second, ND must get over the stigma of whining about blocking schemes that are legal. Unless you get the NCAA to rule cut blocks as illegal, stop complaining. Unless you are chopping (double team going high and low), it is just another legal block. ND needs to teach defenders to use their athletic advantage to fight off this block instead of teaching them to whine.

    Finally, didn’t Ian Williams get rolled up in a pile? He wasn’t cut blocked on the play he was injured. Please elevate this conversation past unsubstantiated claims.

    • nddc21 - Oct 26, 2010 at 6:36 PM

      To correct your point about nothing being illegal about a cut block: cut blocks are allowed within the line of scrimmage provided that the defender is not engaged with another blocker… i.e., if you’re being blocked by someone else, I’m not allowed to come from the side and take your knees out.

      Not to be nitpicky here, as I truly don’t believe the Navy lineman meant to cause injury, but this is *exactly* what happened to Ian Williams if you look at the video. Williams was lined up opposite center, he engages the center, and the Navy RT cuts/submarines right towards the center position. Was he going for the injury? No, I don’t think so. But this is another aspect of playing against Navy’s defensive scheme… these things WILL happen. It’s easy to miss, and part of playing a violent game.

      • chuckles10 - Oct 26, 2010 at 7:35 PM

        Point taken about a cut block being legal “at the line of scrimmage”.

        As for Williams, I’m basing my comment on what Coach Brian Kelly said:
        “Kelly said Williams’ injury won’t require surgery. The Irish head coach added that he didn’t think the senior was injured on an illegal block against Navy, which double-teamed Williams on nearly every snap.” Source:

      • Mike - Oct 29, 2010 at 2:28 PM

        That’s not what happened at all. Williams was injured when his own player tackled the Navy fullback on the back of his leg.

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