Notre Dame was already banged up heading into Saturday’s huge match-up with Louisville in South Bend (defensive linemen Sheldon Day and Daniel Cage will each miss the game with knee injuries), but now it looks like they could be down one more very important piece. Although he’s been extremely turnover prone lately (and by lately, I mean the entire season) and has hurt the team at times, Notre Dame announced today that QB Everett Golson suffered a sprained joint in his shoulder during this weekend’s overtime loss against Northwestern. The severity of the injury is still relatively unknown but he’s technically listed as “probable” for Saturday. Regardless, we’re talking about a guy with 12 interceptions and 19 total turnovers, so he could be in for a long day against a Louisville pass-rush that has been solid all year. Not to mention the second level, should Golson find himself scrambling against the likes of Keith Kelsey or Lorenzo Mauldin. One hit on Golson’s shoulder and the Irish could have to delve into their bench and go with largely unproven back-up Malik Zaire.
Come to think of it, the Louisville defense should actually take it easy on Golson and just let him do his thing. Odds are he’ll put us in great position to do bad things to them. Need more proof of his self-implosion lately? Just take a look at this SB Nation piece that chronicles all of his mishaps against Arizona State two weeks ago (in which he single-handedly turned it over five times, including a pair of pick-sixes).
Leave that shoulder alone, boys.