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Knee injury to sideline Irish LB Greer Martini vs. USC

College Football, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Notre Dame senior linebacker Greer Martini will miss Saturday's game against USC after having surgery to repair a meniscus injury in his knee.

Martini, listed as a co-starter at the buck linebacker spot with junior Te'von Coney, is expected back for Notre Dame's Oct. 28 home game with NC State, coach Brian Kelly said Thursday. A co-captain, Martini started Notre Dame's first six games and ranks third on the team with 39 tackles, including two for a loss and two forced fumbles.

He had his first career interception Sept. 30 against Miami (Ohio). Martini has 155 career tackles, including 13.5 for loss and five sacks.

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