Notre Dame's Golson close, but not cleared yet

Notre Dame's Golson close, but not cleared yet
October 16, 2012, 4:09 pm
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Everett Golson has not yet been cleared to play, coach Brian Kelly announced Tuesday -- although the Notre Dame coach didn't sound too concerned about his status for this weekend. The first-year starter suffered a concussion late in Notre Dame's win over Stanford on Saturday.

Golson didn't pass his cognitive test on Monday and will re-take it today. Once Golson clears his cognitive test, he'll begin light exercise, and if there's no re-occurrence of headaches he'll return to practice. The earliest he could return to practice is Wednesday.

Golson has passed a balance test and an exam and has no symptoms such as light sensitivity or agitation. All he has to do is pass the cognitive test, which is done on a computer.

"If Everett Golson was a guy that you knew, you would know when he's ready," Kelly explained Tuesday. "When he's smiling and bouncing around, we're seeing that yesterday and today. We're seeing great progress."

Kelly said Sunday he expected Golson to be cleared by Tuesday, but if not, he could still start if he were cleared Wednesday. If Golson isn't cleared to practice Wednesday but does Thursday, he could still play against BYU, although the playbook may shrink as a result.

"We would probably limit of the things that we do," Kelly said. "There's very little we can't do in the running game. We would probably limit some of the things we would do in the passing game and some of the things that we have put on him. But he could practice on Thursday and be ready to help us on Saturday."

Golson completed 12 of 24 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown against Stanford, but fumbled three times -- with those turnovers leaving Kelly "very concerned."

"It's something that obviously we cannot continue to have," Kelly said Sunday. "He's got to take better care of the football, and he's got to do it in practice, and he's got to be smarter."