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Kedon Slovis injury update: USC QB (concussion) cleared to start at No. 9 Notre Dame

Sporting News — (Kirstie Chiappelli)

USC coach Clay Helton on Tuesday confirmed that quarterback Kedon Slovis, out since Sept. 20 with a concussion, has been medically cleared to return and will start Saturday when USC visits No. 9 Notre Dame.

Slovis, 18, was injured early in USC's fourth game, against Utah, but recently has ramped up activities at practice.

“We had that bye week (last Saturday), and even though he wasn’t cleared for contact, he began throwing,” Helton said, per the Los Angeles Times. “He began working with the receivers last week during the bye, and that helps to garner those reps. Being cleared and practicing, he does not look out of form to me. He looks really good.”

Slovis has completed 60 of 77 passes for 732 yards and five touchdowns with four interceptions in four games this season, including three starts after No. 1 quarterback JT Daniels went down with a season-ending knee injury in USC's season-opening win over Fresno State.

Matt Fink replaced Slovis in the Trojans' last two games, going 40 of 62 for 514 yards in a win over Utah and a loss to Washington.

The Trojans (3-2) are also expected to get reinforcements on defense with the expected return of safety Talanoa Hufanga (concussion protocol) and cornerback Olaijah Griffin (back) against the Fighting Irish.

The USC-Notre Dame game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday (NBC).