Notre Dame QB Malik Zaire out for season with ankle injury

Notre Dame’s starting quarterback injured his right ankle in the second half against Virginia.
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Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire left Saturday’s game against Virginia and will miss the rest of the season with a fractured ankle, coach Brian Kelly said after the game.

Late in the third quarter, Zaire was injured at the end of a three-yard run when a defender fell on his right leg and trapped his ankle underneath.

Zaire was helped off the field, and then carted off to the locker room for x-rays, according to Dr. Jerry Punch.

Before leaving, Zaire completed seven of 18 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown. Notre Dame won 34–27 on a late touchdown pass from backup quarterback DeShone Kizer.

Zaire adds to an injury-plagued start to the season for the Fighting Irish. Defensive tackle Jarron Jones, cornerback Shaun Crawford and running back Tarean Folston all previously suffered season-ending injuries.

– Kenny Ducey