Tommy Rees endures knee sprain

Updated: January 3, 2011, 6:47 PM ET
By Wes Morgan | ESPNChicago.com

Notre Dame closed out the 2010 season, its first under coach Brian Kelly, with four straight victories after thumping Miami in the Sun Bowl on New Year's Eve en route to a 8-5 record. Now it's time for an injury-riddled squad, which includes a number of players banged up against the Hurricanes, to mend.

According to a university spokesperson, sophomore linebacker Manti Te'o and freshman quarterback Tommy Rees both suffered knee sprains -- neither is considered serious. Nose guard Sean Cwynar broke a bone in his foot and is expected to have surgery soon, while safety Jamoris Slaughter will undergo a procedure to repair loose cartilage in his ankle. Both are expected to heal in time for spring practices.

On a positive note, at least three Irish seniors will play another game before their time in South Bend concludes. Nose guard Ian Williams will participate in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 29 in Mobile, Ala. and offensive guard Chris Stewart is going to play in the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star game on Feb. 5 in San Antonio. Classmate Darrin Walls (cornerback) will suit up in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 22 in Orlando.

Williams, along with running back Armando Allen, was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine Feb. 23-March 1 in Indianapolis. Walls is an alternate.

Wes Morgan covers Notre Dame football for ESPNChicago.com

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