Charlie Brewer is in The concussion protocol after leaving Thursday Night’s 58-14 loss against West Virginia, with a head injury.
Head coach Matt Rhule said Brewer’s availability all depends on passing the correct tests leading up to to gameday.
“It’s not one thing it’s all these pieces so they didn’t play in games,” Rhule said about players who have suffered head injuries this year. “I say that to say Charlie could be advancing and doing great like he is right now, but there’s still these pieces ahead and the doctor has to sign of on all those things. So that management of that as a coach, is you have to have Charlie get as many reps as he can to be ready but you also have to have Jalan ready and you better also have Gary ready, and there’s only so many reps.”
Jalan McClendon who started the season sharing reps with Brewer has seen his playing time diminish as the season has progressed, but Rhule has the utmost confidence that he will be able to answer if called upon.
“He was invited to play in the NFL Players Association All Star game just off of people watching him play in practice,” Rhule said of McClendon. “He is smart, tough and competitive. His teammates respond to him and he has a big-time arm. The other night when things weren’t going well, he jumped in there and lead us to score on a seven and 10 play drive. It is just the way the life works out the is not the starter. I know that he can-do big-time things. I am also excited to see Gerry get the opportunity to play.”
The Bears and Cowboys will kick off at 11:00am on Saturday morning at McLane Stadium.