Running back depth may be a concern for Notre Dame after an offseason Achilles tendon rupture suffered by four-star freshman Jadarian Price.
The Fighting Irish program announced the injury on Friday and Price underwent surgery on the same day, per a report by NBC Sports.
Notre Dame's leading rusher from a season ago, Kyren Williams, was taken in the third round of the 2022 NFL draft, and the returning rusher leader for the Irish (sophomore Logan Diggs) had just 230 yards in 2021. Diggs is still recovering from a shoulder injury suffered in Notre Dame's spring game, and the timetable for his recovery is still unclear.
Beyond Diggs, the Irish have just three healthy running backs left on scholarship, with junior Chris Tyree, sophomore Audric Estime and freshman Gi’Bran Payne. Tyree and Estime combined for just 282 rushing yards a season ago, and Payne has yet to take a snap for the Irish.
Notre Dame travels to Columbus for its season-opening contest against Ohio State at 7:30 p.m. at the Shoe on Sept. 3.