Irish RB Bryant could miss rest of season

Murmurs about Greg Bryant redshirting at Notre Dame might turn out to be true after all.

Brian Kelly said Thursday that Bryant will miss four weeks with tendinitis and probably will not play this year, four days after Kelly acknowledged that there was a knee injury while saying there was not a plan to redshirt the running back.

The Palm Beach Post's Jeff Greer had posted on Twitter this past weekend that Bryant's father, Greg Sr., was telling people around their hometown of Delray Beach, Fla., that his son was going to redshirt.

Relatively speaking, the timing could prove to be a silver lining for Bryant, ESPN's No. 2 running back from the Class of 2013. He appeared in just three of the Irish's first four games, playing mostly on special teams, while carrying the ball three times for 14 yards. He did not play last Saturday against Oklahoma.

If Notre Dame can, in fact, prove to the NCAA that an injury has forced Bryant to shut it down for the rest of the season, he still could have four years of playing eligibly remaining after the 2013 season.

A player must play in no more than 30 percent of a season in order to be eligible for a medical redshirt. Bryant will have played in just 25 percent of Notre Dame's regular-season games. (Bowl games do not count in the calculation.)

Notre Dame followed a similar formula last season with Ronnie Stanley, who appeared in a reserve role in the first and fourth games of 2012 before an elbow injury forced him to shut it down for the season. Stanley now starts at right tackle as a redshirt freshman with three years of playing eligibility remaining after this season.