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Steve Filer likely lost for the season with ACL tear

Nov 10, 2011, 7:52 PM EDT

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It appears that Steve Filer‘s career at Notre Dame is over. One of the Irish’s best athletes appeared to suffer a career-ending knee injury at practice on Wednesday during a one-on-one pass rushing drill, robbing Filer of the final four games of his Irish career.

“We’re probably going to lose him for the year. It looks like an ACL,” Brian Kelly said. “It’s tough losing a senior, especially when it’s a non-contact situation and when you lose a guy that’s not going to play for Notre Dame anymore.”

Filer had started to take more and more snaps in pass rushing situations, specializing with a hand down as the Irish have been short defensive ends with Kapron Lewis-Moore and Ethan Johnson out with injuries. While he’s never become the impact player many expected when he came to Notre Dame among the most heavily recruited prospects in the country, he’s an important guy in the locker room and a veteran team leader.

“That was tough,” Kelly said. “Today, you can see the guys rallying around him. Darius Fleming is going to wear his jersey for the Maryland game, as a tribute to him and not being able to play.”

Fleming and Filer came into Notre Dame together, but veterans of the Chicago Catholic league. That Fleming will turn in his 45 for 46 is a great tribute to a good friend and fellow linebacker.

Who takes over for Filer in his specialist role remains to be seen. If you had to guess, expect to see more of Prince Shembo with his hand on the ground, with the depth behind at the Dog linebacker getting better with Danny Spond and Troy Niklas improving every week.

  1. tedlinko - Nov 10, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    Dog wide receiver? I think that was supposed to be Dog linebacker, right Keith?

    On the substance of the post, this is a real downer. Really feel for Filer. Nice tribute by Fleming.

    • Keith Arnold - Nov 11, 2011 at 12:18 PM

      Yep. Fixed it. Sad for Filer… Too bad he played a total of 3 minutes his freshman season. Not a great use of him.

  2. cameronemclaughlin - Nov 10, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    Another tribute to Filer. This is one of my favorite moments from’s “Irish Connection.”

    At about 7:25 through the segment we get to watch Filer rep 405 lbs (plus chain) on the squat. Bestial.

  3. jerseyshorendfan1 - Nov 11, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    Get well soon Filer and thanks for the memories. Class move Fleming.

  4. danno27 - Nov 11, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    It will be interesting to see how the coaches staff different positions given the injuries. Let’s see: KLM, Filer, Cave, Tate Nichols and Rabasa (though the last two weren’t playing, I know) are out for the season. On the walking wounded list, we’ve got Te’o, Ethan Johnson and Lynch. Then out for this week is Riddick. Am I missing anyone? Seems like the injury list is fairly defense-heavy.

    • danno27 - Nov 11, 2011 at 9:23 AM

      Oh yeah, plus Ragone, Eilar Hardy and Cameron Roberson.

  5. smurphdoggy29 - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    God Speed to Steve Filer, and I along with many closely followed his career because I did want to see him blossom, what a tough loss.

    Here’s hoping he can latch on in the NFL and possibly attain some success !!

    Great move by Fleming.

    GO Irish keep progressing !!

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