Brian Smith Limited in Practice

Brian Smtih suffered what Charlie Weis referred to as a “very, very mild concussion” in Saturday’s win over and will be limited in practice this week.

Q. And just with Brian Smith, you said he was having a cognitive test; is he fine?
COACH CHARLIE WEIS: What we’ll do, we’ll make sure we limit his contact early in the week so that he’s fresh on game day. He’ll be practicing today. So he’s not being held out of practice. But we’ll take it in such a way where we just don’t bang him around.

Even though he had a very, very mild concussion, I’ll still — the more time the better when it comes to those things.

Smith is the emotional leader of the defense so he would be a big loss for the Irish this weekend if he is unable to go.  With LeSean McCoy and the Pitt running game posing a challenge for the Irish defense, Smith will be relied on heavily this weekend if he is able to play.  It sounds like he will be able to play this weekend, but if he can’t Toryan Smith is listed as his backup on the depth chart and would likely get the start.

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