West Virginia running back CJ Donaldson (12) rushes the ball against Towson during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/William Wotring)
West Virginia running back CJ Donaldson (12) rushes the ball against Towson during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/William Wotring)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia running back CJ Donaldson is in concussion protocol and will miss next week's home game with Baylor after he was injured in a loss to Texas, coach Neal Brown said Tuesday.

Donaldson remained on the ground after he was tackled on a short gain in the third quarter of Saturday's 38-20 loss to the Longhorns. His helmet and shoulder pads were removed and he was carted off the field on a stretcher. After the game he was cleared to travel home with the team.

“He's recovering," Brown said. "There is a strict return-to-play (policy) that we have to follow here and I’m zero involved in it. All I do is ask the question. They don’t even start the return-to-play until they’re symptom free.”

Donaldson, a 240-pound freshman, leads the Mountaineers with 389 rushing yards and six touchdowns, with an average of 6.9 yards per carry.

West Virginia (2-3, 0-2 Big 12 Conference) is idle this week and hosts Baylor (3-2, 1-1) next Thursday, Oct. 13.

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