Clemson starting running back Rod McDowell will go through a concussion 'protocol' before being cleared to return to full-speed practice, Dabo Swinney said on Tuesday.
McDowell was shaken up when he took was tackled at the end of an eight-yard run late in the first half on Saturday against South Carolina State and did not return to the game. His injury was categorized as a concussion following an examination by Clemson's training and medical staff.
"They err on the side of calling everything a concussion these days, and that triggers the procedure that you have to go through," said Swinney. "That's the right thing to do."
Swinney said McDowell "seemed fine" both after the game and on Sunday, but will probably be limited in practice when the Tigers return to the field on Tuesday.
"He will go through the standard protocol," Swinney said. "These days, when guys get the slightest bit dinged in the head, everybody's hyper-cautious. It's right thing to do - that's the culture that we're in, because of knowledge.
"You never want to take anything like that lightly. But he seemed good after the game, and I would expect him to get back pretty quick. I would anticipate him at least being in green tomorrow.
"B.J. Goodson was out this past week with a concussion. Any time you have that, there's a checklist they need to go through."
College football programs have moved toward implementing an NFL-type rehab process for concussions, in which injured players must pass a series of tests, under exertion, before returning to action.