Two of Notre Dame’s starting defensive backs will not be available when the Fighting Irish face Ohio State, coach Brian Kelly told reporters Tuesday in Arizona ahead of the Fiesta Bowl.
Safety Max Redfield has been sent home after violating team rules, while cornerback Devin Butler suffered a broken foot in practice, Kelly said.
Redfield is a junior who started 11 games each of the past two seasons. He had 64 tackles and three passes defended this season.
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Butler was already a former reserve in a starting role, having taken the place of KeiVarae Russell after the latter suffered a broken bone in his lower leg against Boston College in the next-to-last game of the regular season.
Nick Watkins is expected to take Butler’s place in the lineup opposite Cole Luke.
The Butler injury (happened Monday) means sophomore corner Nick Watkins will make his first career start against Ohio State