Tommy Rees Injury: Updates on Notre Dame QB's Neck, Likely Return Date

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistOctober 19, 2013

Oct 19, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Tommy Rees (11) signals in the first quarter against the USC Trojans at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
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Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees left Saturday's game against USC and is currently being evaluated for a concussion after getting hit hard on a sack in the third quarter.

Rees was injured on a hit by linebacker Lamar Dawson. The Irish signal-caller dropped back and unsuccessfully tried to evade Dawson, who wrapped Rees up around the neck area and drove the back of his head and neck into the Notre Dame Stadium turf.

The team's medical staff evaluated Rees for a couple of minutes on the field, but he left under his own power, per Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune:

Tommy Rees walking off the field under his own power with a phalanx of #NotreDame medical staff. Head is down on sideline.

— Brian Hamilton (@ChiTribHamilton) October 20, 2013

Rees has been named the starter vs. Air Force after being cleared to practice earlier in the week.