Dan Persa to start after concussion

Updated: November 1, 2010, 3:38 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa will start this week at Penn State after suffering a concussion in Saturday's win against Indiana. Coach Pat Fitzgerald said Persa went through post-concussion tests Sunday and showed no symptoms.

Persa took part in a light workout Monday morning with no setbacks. He's expected to be fully cleared for Wednesday's practice and make his ninth consecutive start against Penn State.

"We fully expect him to play and be fine unless there's something that occurs between now and Thursday," Fitzgerald said.

Persa left the Indiana game midway through the fourth quarter. The junior said on Monday he was hit in the back of the head on a run and came up woozy.

"Right away, it was kind of fuzzy," Persa said. "They didn't want to risk anything, which was smart."

Persa added that he'll be good to go Saturday. He ranks second nationally in completion percentage (74.4) and ninth in quarterback rating (162.7).

Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at espnritt@gmail.com.

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