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Armando Allen's season over

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame senior running back Armando Allen's college career appears to be over.

Allen had surgery to repair a hip flexor Thursday morning in Tennessee, coach Brian Kelly said at his news conference later in the day. Recovery from the first of what appears to be two necessary operations is expected to take between "three and four months."

"[Allen] had only one of the hips repaired," Kelly said during his only meeting with reporters during the Irish's bye week. "He's going to have to have another one. There was a lot of things in there that showed that maybe this was an injury he's had for many, many years."

With Allen out, the workload falls mostly on sophomore Cierre Wood as injury-ravaged ND (4-5) attempts to become bowl eligible with games against Utah, Army and USC remaining. Allen, who had 534 yards and two touchdowns this season, did not play in last week's loss to Tulsa and was used sparingly in previous weeks. He ends his Irish career with 2,164 rushing yards and eight TDs, as well as a program-record 119 receptions for 833 yards and three scores. The previous record for catches by a running back was Darius Walker's 109.

The news, though expected, came just four days after starting quarterback Dayne Crist (junior) had surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon in his left knee. Freshman quarterback Tommy Rees, who replaced Crist in the first quarter versus Tulsa, will start the rest of the season, commanding an offense that lost star tight end Kyle Rudolph and starting receiver Theo Riddick earlier in the year.

Wes Morgan covers Notre Dame football for ESPNChicago.com