NOTRE DAME -

Notre Dame is down yet another veteran defender.

Senior safety and team captain Austin Collinsworth is injured and will miss the season opener against Rice, according to a Notre Dame spokesman.

Junior Elijah Shumate will start in Collinsworth’s place. Shumate started four games last year at Notre Dame.

Notre Dame did not release the details of Collinsworth’s injury, but Irish Illustrated reported Collinsworth strained his MCL.

A source tells Irish Illustrated that Austin Collinsworth has a strained MCL and is likely out a couple weeks.