Notre Dame rules McDonald out for opener

Notre Dame inside linebacker Anthony McDonald, who was angling for a starting job alongside Manti Te’o, will miss the team's season opener Sept. 4 at home against Purdue with a knee injury.

The junior, who recorded 10 tackles in 12 games last season, hyperextended his knee last week while entangled in a pile during a drill. Last Thursday, the 6-2, 238-pounder said he wasn't in much pain and that he expected to be back in action soon.

His absence now opens the door for sophomore Carlo Calabrese to start. The 6-1, 240-pounder was battling McDonald for first-team reps.

Neither Calabrese nor fellow sophomore Dan Fox, who will get reps both inside and outside for now, saw the field in their first year in South Bend.

Head coach Brian Kelly also announced that tight end Kyle Rudolph and reserve safety Dan McCarthy will be back to a normal practice routine next week. Both juniors have been slowed by pulled hamstrings.

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