Notre Dame’s Clausen played through pain — and daily painkillers

We all know Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen played through a painful toe injury last fall. Now we find out just how painful.
Hurt in the third game, Clausen played the remainder of the season with what Notre Dame officials mistakenly called turf toe — but what Clausen later discovered was two torn ligaments in the big toe on his right foot.
Painful? You bet. In fact, Clausen had to take painkillers for every practice and had his practice time reduced to one day per week. Still, he finished with 28 touchdown passes and four interceptions and emerged as one of the top two quarterbacks in this year’s draft.

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