Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson has one more test to pass before returning to the field.
The sophomore suffered a concussion in last Saturday's 20-13 overtime win over Stanford, and while he has cleared numerous tests, Golson failed his cognitive test Monday and will not be able to practice until Wednesday at the earliest.
"There's a number of different things," coach Brian Kelly said during his Tuesday news conference about the process of getting Golson cleared to practice.
"First of all, there is a balanced test, which he passes. There is also just an exam, which he's passed. And then there are symptoms, whether it is sensitivity, agitation, light sensitivity, all of those things that he's passed.
"Then there is the computer test, the cognitive test that he has to pass. He'll take that again today. Once he does that, he will be allowed to go back to practice."
Kelly said the decision for when Golson, or any player who suffered a concussion, can practice again is out of his hands and is handled by the medical staff.
"They come to me and tell me when he is ready to go," Kelly said.
Kelly said he believed Golson was close to returning, and even if the quarterback was not cleared to practice Wednesday, he could still help the team when the No. 5 Irish (6-0) play host to BYU (4-3) on Saturday.
Golson has been limited early in the week the last two weeks, Kelly said, as the quarterback has dealt with a shoulder issue before the 41-3 win over Miami on Oct. 6 and a turf toe injury going into the Stanford game.
"I would say if Everett Golson was a guy that you knew, you would know when he's ready," Kelly said. "When he's smiling and bouncing around, we are seeing that (Monday) and today. We're seeing great progress."
Golson will use Tuesday's practice to take mental reps, and Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix will split the reps 60-40, Kelly said.
"This is an opportunity where Everett could take a (step back) today and take a look at things, and I could get (Rees and Hendrix), who have not been getting a lot of reps, I want to get them more reps today," Kelly said.
Kelly wouldn't go into detail on what the plan would be if Golson was not able to play against BYU, but he said he would work to have all three quarterbacks ready to play Saturday.
"We already know what Tommy is capable of doing. He just needs to clean up some of the finer detail things," Kelly said. "Andrew hasn't got a ton of work, and if Everett can't go until Thursday, maybe we have to bring it down a little bit.
"We are going to make sure you have to defend a running quarterback that can run. That is going to be part of the game plan."