Apr. 16, 2011; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Andrew Hendrix (12) dives over safety Austin Collinsworth (28) for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Blue-Gold game at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

Safety Austin Collinsworth may miss 2012 season

Notre Dame Safety Austin Collinsworth might be out for the entire season after undergoing surgery.

The school announced Wednesday that Collinsworth went to surgery in order to repair a torn labrum. He injured it over the course of the spring season and is expected to miss the next 4-6 months.

Austin, the son of former NFL player Chris Collinsworth, was suppose to be used in the nickel package. Although he is behind Jamoris Slaughter and Zeke Motta, ESPN’s Matt Fortuna said that he would’ve seen “significant playing time.”

Collinsworth, a junior, has played in all 26 games played over his first 2 years at Notre Dame. He has made 25 tackles and record 1 forced fumble. He was a huge part of special teams last year, making 16 tackles and also being awarded the Special Team’s Player of the Year.

Does this impact Notre Dame as a whole?

As long as the teams steps up and players contribute, this shouldn’t have the same affect as a starting quarterback going down with this injury. Luckily, there is still some time for head coach Brian Kelly to find his replacement for the 3rd nickel safety. Collinsworth will be missed, but the team should recover from this.


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