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Notre Dame Football: Running Back Amir Carlisle May Take Redshirt For 2012

Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back Amir Carlisle is on the mend from a broken ankle, but the USC transfer player may be too far behind with his knowledge of the offensive system to make any contributions this season. Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune asked head coach Brian Kelly about Carlisle recently, and Kelly noted that he is considering a redshirt designation for Carlisle this year:

"The rules are you've got to do it within the first six games, so you've gotta make that decision," Kelly said. "We're counting on playing him, but we leave all those options open for a number of guys."

Carlisle transferred from USC to be closer to his family. His father, Duane Carlisle used to work in the NFL as a part of the San Francisco 49ers organization and recently took a job at Purdue. The Fighting Irish take on the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT.

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