Notre Dame loses TE Smythe to season-ending knee injury

Notre Dame tight end Durham Smythe (80) runs the ball in for a touchdown during an NCAA college football game against Virginia, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame starting tight end Durham Smythe will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Coach Brian Kelly said Smythe tore the MCL in his right knee late in the fourth quarter against Virginia. Kelly says Smythe had surgery Tuesday and also underwent surgery for an injured right shoulder. Smythe, entered the season with one career catch and had two this year.

Smythe is the fourth starter with a season-ending injury for the eighth-ranked Irish (2-0), who play No. 14 Georgia Tech (2-0) Saturday. Nose guard Jarron Jones and running back Tarean Folston sustained knee injuries while quarterback Malik Zaire fractured his ankle against Virginia.

The Irish have four other tight ends on the depth chart, but none has caught a pass.

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