Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly announced star quarterback Everett Golson suffered a shoulder sprain in their 43-40 loss to Northwestern this past Saturday.
Golson reportedly sprained his AC joint in his right shoulder in the loss. The Fighting Irish have lost their last two games and find themselves out of the national championship conversation.
The junior quarterback played the entire game this past Saturday, throwing for 287 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Golson also coughed up a fumble, and some questioned if the injury affected him during the loss.
Head coach Brian Kelly addressed those questions.
“I haven’t gotten a chance to talk to him about it. There were certainly a couple of throws when he first did it where he put the ball into the ground. You could see that it affected him then. He said he was fine after that but obviously we missed some throws, especially in overtime. But he said it didn’t affect him.”
The Fighting Irish started out the season 6-0 but have lost three of their past four games. Golson has turned the ball over at an alarming rate the past two games, and has thrown at least one interception the past seven games.
Through ten games, Golson has thrown for 3,044 yards, 27 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. For his career, he has thrown for 5,449 yards, 39 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.
It is unclear if Golson will suit up this upcoming Saturday against Louisville. If he cannot play, Notre Dame will turn to sophomore quarterback Malik Zaire.
The Fighting Irish (7-3) will take on the Louisville Cardinals (7-3) this upcoming Saturday at 3:30 ET on NBC.
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