Torii Hunter Jr. out 4-6 weeks after left groin tear
According to multiple reports, Notre Dame wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. be out four to six weeks as he recovers from a left groin tear.
Brian Kelly announced the news Saturday.
The South Bend Tribune reports that the sophomore from Prosper, Texas, “entered the LaBar Practice Complex Saturday morning using crutches.”
Hunter, whose dad is Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter, was a four-star recruit in the 2013 class according to 247 Sports. He did not play his freshman season after injuring his leg while practicing for the US Army All-American Bowl in January of last year.
The Irish are looking for a go-to receiver to replace T.J. Jones, who graduated. The only returning receiver with more than 15 catches is DaVaris Daniels, who had 49 catches for 745 yards. But he was suspended for the spring semester for an academic violation and he’s been limited in preseason camp with a groin injury.
Kelly is hoping players such as Chris Brown and Corey Robinson can help fill the void.
Other notes: Offensive lineman Matt Hegarty and linebacker Ben Councell sat out practice Saturday with concussions, while offensive lineman Sam Mustipher sat out with a sprained left foot. … Offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock was at the final hour of practice Saturday. Kelly had previously announced Denbrock would miss the first few weeks of preseason camp after having an undisclosed surgery. Kelly said Denbrock is hoping to spend an hour a day at practice in the next week and gradually increase his workload. "He was yelling at the officials, so I knew he was starting to feel a little bit better," Kelly said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.