SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore is out for the year with a detached MCL in his knee, coach Brian Kelly said during his Tuesday news conference.
Lewis-Moore, a senior with one year of eligibility remaining, has started 29 games over the past three seasons. He has 32 tackles, four tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks this season.
"I think I said I thought he had an ankle but that wasn't the case," Kelly said. "It was a knee injury. It was a very unusual injury. Our doctors couldn't really get a good feel after the game for what it was, he had stability in his knee.
"He actually detached the medial collateral ligament. Didn't tear it, he detached it. It's like an ACL repair, we're still talking four to six months, but one that I haven't seen in 21 years and our doctors have seen very rarely, so it was hard to get a good assessment on it until the MRI yesterday."
Stephon Tuitt will start in Lewis-Moore's place. Ethan Johnson and Aaron Lynch are listed at the other defensive end spot, and Kelly said Johnson would practice Tuesday for the first time since spraining his right ankle Oct. 1 at Purdue.
Zeke Motta (concussion) was cleared Monday.