The last question of Brian Kelly's Tuesday news conference ended up shedding light on the absence of Chase Hounshell through four games.
Hounshell, a sophomore defensive end, will have shoulder surgery this week and miss the rest of the season. He had not played this season despite appearing in seven games as a true freshman in 2011, and Kelly had said earlier this season that he was simply buried behind others on the depth chart before revealing after the Michigan State game that Hounshell had a shoulder issue. Hounshell had not traveled to East Lansing for that game.
Hounshell had offseason shoulder surgery and was limited in the spring. He recorded four tackles last season and has a redshirt option available, much like junior safety Austin Collinsworth, who underwent offseason shoulder surgery and whom Kelly again reiterated will not play this season.
Kelly also said that ends Kapron Lewis-Moore (calf) and Sheldon Day (foot) are at full strength following the bye week, and he added that Everett Golson had a bit of a shoulder issue that has since cleared up.