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Irish defensive end tore ACL

– Notre Dame defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore’s college career ended with a second injury to his right knee.

The fifth-year senior tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during the Irish’s 42-14 loss to Alabama in the BCS championship game Monday, the university announced Thursday.

Lewis-Moore is expected to have surgery in the next 10 to 14 days with an estimated recovery time of four to six months, Notre Dame said in a news release.

“Haha well it’s official! But seriously I can’t stop thanking everyone for their support! Can’t let this injury stop me from moving forward!” Lewis-Moore posted on his Twitter account Thursday.

The 6-foot-4, 306-pound native of Weatherford, Texas, injured the same knee last season, suffering a detached medial collateral ligament in a 31-17 home loss to USC on Oct. 22, 2011, and he missed the final six games of that season.

The four-year starter had 40 tackles and career highs in tackles for loss (8 1/2 ) and sacks (6) this season for Notre Dame (12-1). He had 179 tackles with 22 tackles for loss and 12 sacks at Notre Dame.

Lewis-Moore’s injury will prevent him from being able to take part in the NFL combine (Feb. 20-26) and Notre Dame’s pro day during the spring. The NFL draft is April 25-27.

Note: Alex Anzalone, a 6-3, 229-pound linebacker from Wyomissing (Pa.) Area High School, plans to decommit from Notre Dame and enroll early at Florida, according to IrishIllustrated.com. Anzalone is a four-star prospect, according to Rivals.com, and his decision drops the Irish’s 2013 recruiting class to 22 members.

tkrausz@jg.net

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