Notre Dame Fighting Irish senior tight end Mike Ragone will miss the rest of the 2011 season after suffering a torn ACL in Saturday's loss to the Michigan Wolverines. It's the second such season-ending injury for Ragone, who missed 2008 due to a similar setback.
Ragone's receiving statistics (10 yards this year, 92 yards in 2010 and 2009 combined) don't tell the tale of his value to the Irish. Notre Dame fans are lamenting the loss of his blocking skills, especially on run plays.
In better news, tight ends Alex Welch and Jake Golic have been cleared to practice after recovering from injuries of their own. Freshman Ben Koyack had been logging snaps as a replacement due to the depleted depth chart at the position. Coach Brian Kelly was impressed by Koyack -- it might not be surprising to see him get further playing time.
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