Notre Dame defensive back Shaun Crawford is likely done for the season due to a knee injury, multiple media outlets reported Thursday.
Crawford tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Tuesday’s practice, Irish Sports Daily reported, citing a source.
The Athletic contacted Crawford’s father, who would not confirm the injury to his son. John Crawford told the website that the family is awaiting official word from the school.
If the reports are true, it will mark the latest blow in what has been a star-crossed career for Crawford with the Fighting Irish. Crawford already has lost nearly two full seasons to injuries in his first two years at Notre Dame.
Expected to vie for the starting job at nickel cornerback, Crawford appeared in a career-high 11 games in 2017, recording 32 tackles, two interceptions, 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.
The 5-foot-9, 181-pound Crawford had his freshman season wiped out when he suffered a torn ACL in his right knee. He appeared in two games in 2016 before suffering a torn Achilles that ended his sophomore campaign.
The Fighting Irish, who are ranked No. 12 nationally, will open the season at home on Saturday night against No. 14 Michigan.