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Injury Ends Irish Tackle’s Career

October 7, 1997

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) _ Notre Dame offensive tackle Chris Clevenger’s football career is over.

Coach Bob Davie said Tuesday that Clevenger won’t be able to play again because of a herniated disc in his back. The fifth-year senior from Wichita, Kan., has been out since the Purdue game, when he left midway through the first half with back spasms.

The 6-foot-7, 312-pound Clevenger had been listed as indefinite since then. Senior Luke Pettitgout has started in Clevenger’s place.

``I really feel bad for Chris,″ Davie said. ``He’s a guy that has worked extremely hard. He’s been a credit to this program. He’s a great young man.″

Before he was injured, Clevenger had started 14 straight games, and 28 of the last 29. Of the returning starters, he had the most playing time (302 minutes) last year.

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