Notre Dame Football 2012: CB Lo Wood Is Out For The Season

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 24: Ray Graham #1 of the Pittsburgh Panthers is tackled by Lo Wood #23 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the game on September 24, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Notre Dame cornerback Lo Wood is out for the season due to a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish cornerback Lo Wood is out for the season after rupturing his Achilles tendon during Monday's practice, Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune reports. The junior was expected to be a starter on Brian Kelly's squad this season.

As Hamilton notes, the next three players on the depth chart behind Wood appear to be a sophomore and two freshman with minimal playing experience, so the Irish are going to have to work through some growing pains there. Freshman KeiVarae Russell seems to be the front-runner, but sophomore Josh Atkinson and freshman Jalen Brown are also in the mix.

Coach Kelly appears to be optimistic, though, expressing his belief that the replacements can do the job despite their lack of experience. Some have speculated that safety Jamoris Slaughter could slide over to cornerback, but Kelly already said that he's going with the guys that are already there.

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