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Kelly expects knee injury to sideline Bryant for the season

Oct 3, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

Greg Bryant

The weekly Greg Bryant watch has been called off. On Thursday after practice, Brian Kelly announced that the highly touted freshman running back will need approximately four weeks rest after battling knee tendinitis, likely ending his season.

Bryant played early in the season, logging two carries against Temple and another touch against Purdue. And while fans have clamored for the five-star recruit to get a fair shot at the starting running back job, a potential redshirt year for Bryant could be the best long-term solution for a crowded depth chart that lost its elite ’14 recruit when Elijah Hood switched his commitment from the Irish to hometown North Carolina. A redshirt essentially turns Bryant into a five-star ’14 recruit.

Bryant will be eligible for a redshirt if the injury does end his season, a fortuitous turn of events if there ever was one when suffering a knee injury. As George Atkinson and Tarean Folston stepped forward last week, it’ll be interesting to see how Kelly and offensive coordinator Chuck Martin divvy carries among the four backs left standing.



  1. mediocrebob - Oct 5, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    If the Irish were 5-0 would you all be crying and bitching at each other? Or would this be a happy place?

    (Don’t get angry. Legitimate question)

  2. papadec - Oct 5, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    I think it’s the year of the constant full moon – I don’t think it would matter if we were 5-0 or 0-5.

  3. mediocrebob - Oct 5, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    Fair enough

  4. cpfirish - Oct 5, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    Hate to say it, but he will end up transferring… He is the one one the beat running backs on this team and he knows along with everyone else here! BK is really screwing the pouch! Folston and Bryant should be getting the majority of the carries. I do believe that folston will get the ball a lot today vs Asu.
    I love the Irish no matter what and will watch every game they play, but I don’t see them winning today. Once it agin it comes back to the QB, and we don’t have one until next year.. Go Irish!!

  5. fnc111 - Oct 5, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Why would Folston carry the ball a lot today? He’s barely touched the rock all season. Expect more Amir Carlisle 1yard runs up the middle.

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