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Golson concussed, but Kelly expects QB to be cleared for BYU

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Golson concussed, but Kelly expects QB to be cleared for BYU

Everett Golson sustained a concussion on Saturday, but coach Brian Kelly doesn't expect the quarterback to miss next week's game against BYU. Kelly said Golson was still experiencing symptoms today, but team doctor James Moriarty told him he would expect Golson to be cleared to play this week.

"We really can't do anything with him physically until all of his symptoms have been cleared, and then there's the cognitive testing that has to take place," Kelly explained. "So our general protocol is we expect him tomorrow to be able to pass his cog test. If he does that, then we begin light exercise. If there's no recurrence of any headaches then we clear him.

"If he doesn't get cleared on Tuesday, then we repeat the process and we continue with it. So the only thing that would be at risk here would be if he's not cleared for Tuesday then he loses a lot of rep work on Tuesday. It doesn't mean, though, that he couldn't still be a starter for us if he practices Wednesday and Thursday."

The initial report was Golson's vision was blurred after he took a helmet-to-helmet hit late in Notre Dame's 20-13 overtime win over Stanford. "He wanted to get back in, and our medical personnel would not clear him."

While Kelly said Saturday he was "proud" of how Golson responded to adversity, he still turned the ball over three times. One was a fumbled snap Kelly said was "totally unacceptable," another directly resulted in points for Stanford and the third stopped what appeared to be a promising drive in the third quarter.

"Very concerned," Kelly said of those turnovers. "It's something that obviously we cannot continue to have. 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."

If Golson isn't cleared, though, Tommy Rees will re-take the starting role he held for all but one game in 2011 -- although Kelly added Andrew Hendrix could be in the mix as well.

"Both of them could play," Kelly said. "I wouldn't rule it out. But we're probably putting too much on this. I'm really confident Everett will be cleared. "

Rees has relieved Golson twice this year for non-injury reasons, entering the final drive of Notre Dame's win over Purdue Sept. 8 and during the second quarter in the Irish's Sept. 22 win over Michigan.

Kelly also revealed the source of Golson's turf toe injury -- which was first reported by NBC's Alex Flanagan yesterday -- as stemming from the second quarter of Notre Dame's 41-3 win over Miami.

Hot Stove: AJ Pollock could be the player to fill the Cubs needs

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Hot Stove: AJ Pollock could be the player to fill the Cubs needs

Six players turned down qualifying offers in baseball, and they are quality names in LHP Patrick Corbin, C Yasmani Grandal, OF Bryce Harper, LHP Dallas Keuchel, reliever Craig Kimbrel and OF A.J. Pollock. It’s the last name that piqued the interest of Cubs Insider Tony Andracki, who told me on our Hot Stove show on Facebook Live Tuesday at 12:30, that while all eyes are on Harper, Pollock is a player who could fit the Cubs’ needs. 

“The interesting name is A.J. Pollock, depending what the market is for him, because he’s a guy that when he’s able to stay healthy, and he hasn’t really been healthy for about five years now, but when he’s able to stay healthy, he’s a dynamic player who would really shake up that offense, and he’s also a leadoff hitter,” Andracki said. “The Cubs need a stable leadoff hitter and he’s a guy they could look at.”

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Pollock has played in only 469 games over the last five seasons. He played 113 in 2018, and batted .257 with 21 home runs and 65 RBI, and broke his thumb in May. His all-star season was in 2015, when he played in 157 games, hit .315, had 20 home runs and 76 RBI. Pollock turns 31 on December 5. 

If the Cubs were to sign Pollock in the current circumstances, they would have to give up their pick after Competitive Balance Round B in the June 2019 First-year player draft, and $500,000 of their international bonus pool money. Under the previous collective bargaining agreement, a team signing a player who turned down a qualifying offer would have to give up a supplemental first-round draft pick. 

NBA Power Rankings: Breakout stars re-shaping the league

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NBA Power Rankings: Breakout stars re-shaping the league

As we near the 15 games played mark, the league's top teams (and some of the struggling ones too) are being aided along by new developments in the playing styles' of their talent.

The Bulls have struggled mightliy with a large batch of regulars missing time but have seen tremendous growth from Zach LaVine, as well as rookies Wendell Carter and Chandler Hutchison. 

Over in the West, the Houston Rockets found out that success is not so easy to translate over to the next year. Their defensive efficiency has fallen and their offense has been largely ineffective, and it is no doubt connected to the loss of their defensive-minded wings in Luc Richard Mbah Moute and Trevor Ariza. It is not all on his shoulders, but the Carmelo Anthony experiment seems to be coming to an end just as quickly as it started. 

With the Bucks, Nuggets, Raptors and Sixers—following the massive news of the their Jimmy Butler acquisition—all looking to be real challenegers to the Golden State Warriors, the regular season wins race will be a little more interesting than usual. Home-court advanatge in the NBA Finals could be the difference between taking the Warriors 6+ games or being swept. 

So keep an eye on who is maintaining contol of the NBA's overall No. 1 playoff seed as the Dubs head into a tough three-game road trip in Texas. In this week's NBA Power Rankings, we take also take a look at which player has been on the verge of a breakout season for each team here.