"I had already begun the conversation with Coach [Chuck] Martin about installing Tommy into that situation, so the knowledge of running our two-minute trumped any kind of injury that he may have had," Kelly said during a teleconference. "Now, it contributed at the end to make it an easier decision for me."
Kelly again used a pitching analogy to describe his quarterbacks' roles, though he was careful not to peg Rees as his "two-minute" guy should a similar situation arise in the future.
"I don't see it as a role, I see it as if we feel like Tommy can help us win a game or he can come in a situation where we believe its the right fit, then he'll be prepared to do so," Kelly said. "I used this baseball analogy: We like our starters to finish the game. We want them to go all nine innings. Occasionally we might need some help. Maybe we need long relief, maybe we need short relief. I don't want to take anything off the table but we'd like our starter to start it and finish it."
Jamoris Slaughter (shoulder) and Tyler Eifert (mild concussion) have been cleared. Kapron Lewis-Moore (calf strain) will begin moving around Monday and should be good to go throughout the week. ... DaVaris Daniels (ankle sprain) will progress throughout the week but should be ready for Saturday. ... Manti Te'o (bruised sternum), Ishaq Williams (elbow contusion) and Sheldon Day (dehyrdation) should be fine. ... Nick Tausch (groin) should begin a regimen Tuesday and compete with Kyle Brindza for the No. 1 spot. ... Kelly also said that Chase Hounshell, who has not played in the first two games, is fine physically but stuck behind others on the depth chart.
Odds and ends:
Justin Ferguson will wear No. 82 for the rest of the season. Notre Dame was penalized (Purdue declined) during a first-half kickoff Saturday because the freshman wideout, who was No. 15, was on the field at the same time as senior Dan McCarthy, also No. 15. Ferguson changed to No. 82 at halftime. Alex Welch, out for the year (ACL), was No. 82 before.
Kelly elaborated on why he allowed only Te'o and Zack Martin to speak to reporters after the game: "I had to do what I thought was in the best interests of the team. At times that might put me at odds with you guys, and I understand that. Last night I thought it was best for our team to have a couple captains speak and I'll just leave it at that."