Report: Notre Dame OT Christian Lombard's career is over

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Notre Dame senior tackle Christian Lombard, seen as a probable third-day draft pick, has a career-ending back injury., a Notre Dame-centric website, reported the news Saturday.

Lombard (6-foot-5, 311 pounds) -- a national top-150 prospect out of high school in the Chicago area in the 2010 signing class -- was a three-year starter for the Irish; he started at right tackle as a sophomore in 2012, moved to right guard in 2013, then slid back to right tackle this season. His 2013 season ended after seven games because of a back injury. Lombard's run blocking was his biggest selling point and he was seen as a guard at the next level.

Sophomore Mike McGlinchey (6-7, 310) seems likely to start in Lombard's spot in the Music City Bowl against LSU.

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