Hot Rod is expected to play

CLEMSON - After Wednesday's practice, Dabo Swinney said that Roderick McDowell is expected to be available to play on Saturday at Syracuse.

McDowell rolled his right ankle in the first quarter of last weekend's win over Wake Forest.

"Hot Rod looked great today, practiced all day," Swinney said. "Actually, looked good yesterday, didn't practice yesterday just ran him. But he came back and practiced all day today and decided he'll be ready to go Saturday."

In addition to the regular cast of players that are out for the season, Swinney mentioned three others who will not travel with the team to Syracuse – Patrick DeStefano [stingers], B.J. Goodson [concussion] and Kevin Dodd [toe].

"DeStefano, we're going to hold him another week," Swinney said. "We want to do another test on him Friday with the stingers. He's better, but when we did the thing on his neck, he looked good. We want to check the nerve stuff. They've got some tests they want to do on Friday, so they won't sign on him to come back.

"B.J. Goodson is much better, but they won't sign off on him to come back. They want to hold off another week. Very cautious with him, but he's much, much better. Dodd is going to be out. Dodd has a bad toe."

Goodson has had "symptoms each week."

"There's a protocol in place. Back in the old days, they would have thrown him back in there by now," Swinney said. "There's a protocol in place and they don't play with it."

Kalon Davis is scheduled to start again at left guard ahead of David Beasley, who suffered an ankle injury against N.C. State.

"Beasley is still working his way back. We feel much better about him…he's getting closer, much more confident with him being able to play a lot more," Swinney said.

Swinney was non committal when it came to naming a starter at right tackle. Gifford Timothy and Shaq Anthony are working for that spot.

"Shaq had a good day today. That was good to see. It's good to get Giff back. He's working his way back, too," Swinney said.

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