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Ryan Whalen Dislocated Left Elbow, Likely Out For Notre Dame

After a particularly nasty-looking injury in Stanford’s trashing of Wake Forest, it’s hard to see Andrew Luck’s favorite target being ready for Saturday’s big matchup with the Irish. As is his M.O., Jim Harbaugh refused to disclose any information on the injury.

Wearing a shoulder sling Tuesday night at practice Whalen confirmed the injury but said he hopes to return soon.

Coach Jim Harbaugh had declined to reveal any information about the injury that occurred in the first quarter of No. 16 Stanford’s commanding 68-24 victory over Wake Forest last weekend. Whalen, a senior from Alamo, fell awkwardly on his left elbow after a catch.

"As soon as I tell you you’re going to tell Notre Dame," Harbaugh said at his weekly news conference.

Why does it matter?

"I’d want to know about the status of every player on their team, what percent they are, how many plays they are going to play. That’s valuable information," Harbaugh said.

It might not matter against an Irish team that's ranked 90th in passing yards given up and 113th in completion percentage. Expect Luck to go over to Chris Owusu, or new favorite target Doug Baldwin, or the other Whalen brother (although I don't believe they're related), Griff.