Tight end Rudolph out for season

Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph, a surefire first-round draft pick, will miss the rest of the season with a serious hamstring injury that will require surgery. Rudolph was hurt during Saturday’s 23-17 win over Pitt.

 Rudolph, who joined the pantheon of great tights ends like Dave Casper, Ken MacAfee and Mark Bavaro, had 28 catches for 328 yards and three touchdowns this season, including a 95-yarder against Michigan. In his first two seasons, the 6-foot-6, 265-pound Rudolph had 62 catches for 704 yards and five TDs.

Former Camden Catholic star Mike Ragone’s playing time will increase significantly now.

The 3-3 Irish host Western Michigan Saturday.