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College Football Injuries: Notre Dame's Tate Nichols to undergo MRI on ailing knee

After potentially suffering a setback recently, Notre Dame offensive lineman Tate Nichols will undergo an MRI on his injured knee this week.

Jonathan Daniel

Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive tackle Tate Nichols will undergo an MRI for his injured knee this week after potentially suffering a setback recently, as head coach Brian Kelly tells Matt Fortuna of ESPN.com. The junior has missed time all season with the knee issue.

At this point, it's unclear how severe Nichols' setback is, or whether a setback has actually even occurred. There seems to be some possibility that a setback didn't occur, but further details won't be available until the results of the MRI are released.

While Nichols is in his third year on Notre Dame's campus, he still hasn't appeared in a game with the team yet. Part of that is the result of good health along the team's offensive line, but the injury certainly hasn't helped him of late.

On Saturday, the Irish narrowly avoided another upset by beating the Pittsburgh Panthers, 29-26, in triple overtime. They're just three games away from an unbeaten regular season and a possible appearance in the BCS National Championship Game.