Notre Dame starting QB Crist suffers knee injury

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As they continue to deal with the tragic death of Declan Sullivan off the field, Notre Dame now has an on-field injury issue to navigate their way through as well.

Starting quarterback Dayne Crist suffered what appeared to be a significant knee injury on the Irish’s second drive of the day against Tulsa.

After heading to the sidelines and doing some work on a stationary bike, Crist’s left leg was placed in a brace and he was taken into the locker room for further evaluation by the Notre Dame medical staff.

Crist was replaced by Tommy Rees, and it appears unlikely he’ll be able to return.  Based on the way Rees is playing, the Domers might want to err on the side of caution when it comes to Crist’s injury; Rees has completed 15 of 18 passes for 140 yards and three touchdowns.

The Irish currently leads Tulsa 20-12 with eight minutes left in the second quarter.

Updated 4:26 p.m. ET: Crist suffered a torn patellar tendon and will miss the remainder of the 2010 season.