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Lombard, Mahone lost for spring

Mar 21, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

Christian Lombard

Brian Kelly announced this morning that graduate student Christian Lombard and junior Will Mahone will be lost for the rest of spring. Lombard underwent wrist surgery for a dislocation suffered late in Wednesday’s practice while Mahone had a fracture in his right foot repaired.

Lombard was locked in as the team’s starting right guard, though he’s suffered two significant injuries over the past calendar year. After shifting inside from tackle, Lombard was lost early during the 2013 season after back surgery, forcing freshman Steve Elmer onto the field.

Kelly characterized Lombard’s injury after practice as minor, calling it a sprain, but x-rays must have revealed more. Thursday’s surgery typically takes six to eight weeks to heal, though there is no rush to return for Lombard. Conor Hanratty was working in his place at right guard.

Mahone’s broken foot is more tough news for the converted receiver. After looking like the Irish’s only big back possibility when he was recruited, we’ve yet to see what Mahone can do on the field. The Ohio native suffered a high ankle sprain last training camp after looking good at slot receiver and started this spring there as well. But he must have been injured early in spring workouts as Mahone underwent surgery before spring break, and was seen yesterday with crutches and a boot on his foot.

The slot receiver position will primarily be Amir Carlisle and C.J. Prosise’s this spring, with Torii Hunter Jr. also getting an opportunity. 

  1. NotreDan - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    What I feel the worst about is how frustrating this must be for those 2 guys. So much work and so little playing time.

    I think the depth chart will be fine, just wish for them they could play.

  2. dickasman - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    How about Hightower, is he ok???

    • bearcatirishfan - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:53 PM

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  3. irishdodger - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Mahone is becoming the next James Aldridge/Cam Roberson…and that’s not a good thing. Poor kid can’t catch a break. At least he should have an ND degree for all his physical struggles.

  4. upthera44 - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Tough breaks for guys have had some bad luck.

    The upside is that these are positions where we have a lot of depth. I assume Lombard will be good to go in fall, it would be nice to have a veteran leader among the starters.

  5. goirishgo - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Lombard’s injury is tough but he’s a lock to start this fall regardless. The spring practice reps that will now go to younger players will help develop depth on the o-line.

    Different story with Mahone. His injury and lost practice time, while benefitting those who take his place, could cost him a spot on the field this year. Another tough break for a good kid.

  6. fnc111 - Mar 21, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Mahone will stay and get his degree. Then I suspect he’ll be taking advantage of the graduate transfer waiver to play at Akron.

  7. shaunodame - Mar 21, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Next Man In!

    How nice is it actually having Depth tho :)

  8. yaketyyacc - Mar 22, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    it points out to players that they have to practice harder, to be capable of stepping in. we are finding there are no Rock of Gibraltar’s on a football team, and those who think they can cruise and not worry, may find themselves in the game, and let everyone know just how unprepared they are. a laxidasical player will continue his ways long after the cleats are hung up, and go into life unprepared, where you will have to win the National Championship for 30 or 35 years in a row, and, to falter once will mean ten years of struggles to get even again, Play Like a Champion is not a slogan, it represents our Notre Dame philosophy, ,,, what tho the odds be great or small…. are not catchy words to a fight song, but the determination to overcome and succeed,
    When the original Main Building burned to the ground, and it looked like Ed Sorin’s dream of a great Catholic University, was doomed, standing in the ashes he said, we are gong to build another building, larger and with a golden dome with a statue of Our Lady, leave him alone, he is in denial, out of sorts, can’t face the reality of the moment. Well, I put it to you, is there a building on the Notre Dame campus, with a statue of Our Lady, built by one Ed Sorin, and has Notre Dame not become the greatest university in the world! think about it as you practice, and into the season, Play Like Notre Dame Champions,

  9. 1historian - Mar 23, 2014 at 8:52 AM

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    More later

  10. 1historian - Mar 23, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Report from the field on my epic 3 state crime spree – I cut a wicked fart while waiting in line at the State liquor store just off Interstate 95 in New Hampshire. People were dropping like flies.

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  11. 1historian - Mar 23, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Next stop Vermont – I’ll have to be real careful because the PC police are EVERYWHERE there.

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