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Notre Dame linebacker Paul Moala (Achilles) out for season

Nov 16, 2019; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Paul Moala (13) leaves the field after Notre Dame defeated the Navy Midshipmen at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 16, 2019; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Paul Moala (13) leaves the field after Notre Dame defeated the Navy Midshipmen at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame reserve linebacker Paul Moala will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his Achilles, Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly announced Monday.

Moala suffered the injury during Sunday night’s overtime victory at Florida State.

Moala tore his other Achilles in the third game of the 2020 season.

“It was devastating,” Kelly said. “We’re all disappointed for Paul. He had worked so hard to get back on the field. We love Paul. He was a guy we were counting on. He’s going to be sorely missed.”

Moala, a senior, was expected to be a main contributor in Notre Dame’s linebacker corps this season.

He played in 12 games his sophomore season, recording 14 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble returned for a touchdown.

Kelly also announced sophomore tight end Kevin Bauman will miss some time due to a fracture in his leg. Kelly said if the surgery and recovery go well, he expects Bauman back in six weeks.

Bauman did not have a catch in Sunday’s game.

–Field Level Media