Golson suffered concussion; expected to be cleared Tuesday

Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly said starting quarterback Everett Golson suffered a concussion in his 4th quarter helmet-to-helmet collision during Saturday's 20-13 overtime win over Stanford.

"We are really confident that Everett will be cleared Tuesday," Kelly said in his day after the game conference call.

Kelly said Golson was still showing symptoms on Sunday and will undergo cognitive tests on Monday.

Even if Golson isn't ready by Tuesday, Kelly said Everett could still start next Saturday against BYU if he's cleared later in the week.

Golson won't be able to do anything physically until he's cleared. Kelly said luckily Notre Dame does not have classes this week so Golson doesn't have many obligations this week as he heals up.

Golson struggled while he was in the game on Saturday, turning the ball over three times--all on fumbles--including one in the end zone that resulted in Stanford's only touchdown of the game.

"He has to take better care of the football," Kelly said Sunday. "He has to do it at practice and he has to be smarter."

Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix are the next options if Golson can't play. Rees came in with Notre Dame down 13-10 in the final minutes and helped lead the Irish to a game tying field goal in the final 30 seconds.

Rees then threw the go ahead touchdown to TJ Jones in overtime.

Rees was 4-for-4 for 43 yards and the touchdown. Golson was 12-for-24 for 141 yards, a touchdown and three fumbles. The touchdown to Tyler Eifert tied the game at 10.

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