Back at practice, RB Rod McDowell gets green light for Orange

B.J. Goodson, Patrick DeStefano, Kevin Dodd sidelined; Kalon Davis will start at left guard

Clemson football - Roderick McDowell

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Clemson football - Roderick McDowell

Senior running back Rod McDowell should be good to go for Clemson's game Saturday against Syracuse, coach Dabo Swinney said after the Tigers' practice on Wednesday.

McDowell suffered a mild ankle sprain during the first half of the Wake Forest game next week. He will share backfield time with Zac Brooks, D.J. Howard and C.J. Davidson.

“Hot Rod looked great today - he practiced all day,” Swinney said. “He’ll be ready to go Saturday.”

Players on the no-go list for Syracuse include backup middle linebacker B.J. Goodson, who is still having symptoms from the concussion he suffered three weeks ago, and offensive lineman Patrick DeStefano, who has not been cleared and still be tested after experiencing 'stingers' in his neck. Neither Goodson nor DeStefano played last weekend against the Deacons.

Added to the injured list for this week's game is backup defensive end Kevin Dodd, who has a toe injury.

Offensive guard David Beasley will be available this week, though Kalon Davis will start at left guard in his place.

Right tackle Gifford Timothy will also be available. Timothy suffered a concussion against N.C. State and then sat out the Wake Forest game. Shaq Anthony has been playing in his place.

The Tigers have practiced indoors with music blaring in preparation for their game at the Carrier Dome.

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