Irish's Tim Abromaitis out for season

Notre Dame forward Tim Abromaitis will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during practice Friday.

The fifth-year senior and co-captain played in two of the Irish's six games this season, averaging 14 points and seven rebounds a game.

Abromaitis was forced to sit out the first four games of this season because of a misunderstanding of NCAA rules from his sophomore season in 2008-09, when he played in a pair of exhibitions before redshirting that season.

The loss is a crushing blow to Notre Dame (4-2), which lost its previous two games at the CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo., and has one other senior in co-captain Scott Martin.

"Tim Abromaitis is one of the great stories in college athletics and represents everything that is good about college basketball," Irish coach Mike Brey said in a statement. "We are all disappointed for Tim because of all that he has meant to our program. He has been such a big part of our success over the past three seasons. Tim is such a special young man and an unbelievable representative of Notre Dame both on and off the basketball court."

Abromaitis was a preseason All-Big East selection who played on the USA men's basketball World University Games team this past August.

He finishes his college career averaging less than 13.7 points a game and just less than 4.8 rebounds per game.

He is expected to undergo surgery in the next two weeks.

Matt Fortuna blogs on Notre Dame for ESPN.com.