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Ankle injuries linger

Linebacker Manti Te'o turned the same ankle that hobbled him in early October. Center Braxston Cave has a mid-foot sprain. And defensive end Aaron Lynch has a lateral sprain.

During his Sunday teleconference, coach Brian Kelly went over the list of bumps and bruises from Notre Dame's 24-17 victory at Wake Forest a day earlier, though it remains to be seen how these injuries will affect the Irish this week as they prepare to face Maryland in Landover, Md.

Te'o left during the Demon Deacons' final drive of the third quarter Saturday before coming back in for the next series and "playing on one leg," Kelly said after the game. Cave left after the first play of the second quarter Saturday, and Kelly was waiting on some more information on the senior.

"But it was a lot better today than it looked sometimes last night," he added.

Lynch, the freshman end, left the game on two separate occasions but sounded like the least likely of the trio to miss any action.

TJ Jones also took a big hit on a 6-yard catch early in the third quarter, forcing him out of the game momentarily. Kelly said doctors wanted to make sure the sophomore receiver had no concussion symptoms before he re-entered.

"We'll put him through a battery of tests again this week just to make sure he's good to go," Kelly said.