Malik Zaire is back throwing at practice

Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire was ruled out for the season after fracturing his ankle in the team’s second game of the season, against Virginia, but coach Brian Kelly dropped some encouraging news.

Per a tweet from ESPN’s Matt Fortuna, Zaire is back at practice and throwing, albeit in a walking boot.

#NotreDame HC Brian Kelly on Malik Zaire: Boot comes off in 2 weeks. Throws in practice in some drills that don't have a lot of movement.

— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) November 8, 2015

Zaire is still out for the season, but this is still great news. Broken ankles are no joke and can be career-altering injuries, but Zaire is determined to get back on the field as soon as he can and participate in full drills.

This also presents a unique dilemma for Notre Dame, who have basked in the effective glory of Zaire’s backup DeShone Kizer all season long. Kizer has put the team on his back to the point where the Fighting Irish are No. 4 in the playoff rankings, and it would take a lot for them to be knocked out of that picture.

This means that in 2016, Notre Dame could find itself with a quarterback controversy between Kizer and Zaire, a la the one Ohio State had over the summer between J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones.

Campus Sports will update Zaire’s recovery and return to the field as it progresses.

Notre Dame will look to win its fifth game in a row when it hosts Wake Forest on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

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