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Clausen a go, Allen a maybe

Throughout yesterday, I had been hearing whispers that Jimmy Clausen might not be on track to play Saturday. But as Charlie Weis briefed the press corp on Thursday, he updated everyone on the injury situation. One of the Irish’s star performers was, indeed, a game time decision to play Saturday at Purdue. Who was the surprising part.

“Jimmy looks like he’s a go,” Weis said. “He actually looked good out there today. The plan went just the way we wanted. Didn’t practice Tuesday, practiced a little bit yesterday, practiced a lot more today. He looked sharp, looks ready to go.”

But running back Armando Allen, the afterthought in the injuries from the Michigan State game, is only a maybe for Saturday.

“Armando I’d say he’s closer to a game time decision,” Weis said. “He didn’t go as much as Jimmy today. We were giving the other running backs a lot more work.”

Weis mentioned that now fullback Robert Hughes was getting plenty more reps during practice yesterday, as well as the other backs. All are getting ready to contribute on Saturday.

“It was a good week for those guys,” Weis continued. “Tony (Alford) did a nice job of challenging the running backs saying Armando is going to be iffy in the beginning of the week.

“I think you could see a heavy dose of Jonas and Robert and maybe a little Theo, too,” Weis said. “It all depends on how many plays we can get out of Armando. It will be proportional to what he’s able to do.”