Thursday, November 15, 2012

Alex Smith practices on a limited basis for 49ers

On Wednesday, 49ers quarterback Alex Smith was cleared to practice after suffering a concussion against the Rams on Sunday.  On Thursday, Smith returned to practice, on a limited basis.
Then again, practice for a quarterback is always limited, given that quarterbacks always wear no-touch red jerseys.
Per Matt Maiocco of, Smith appears to be on track to return to action Monday night against the Bears.  That said, the return of any concussion symptoms — headache, dizziness, blurred vision, etc. — could get Smith shut down for Week 11.
Often, a player who is diagnosed with a concussion misses at least one game.  Plenty, however, don’t miss a game.  For Smith, who surely doesn’t want to give Colin Kaepernick a chance to ignite a quarterback controversy, the starting quarterback likely will be reporting no symptoms of a concussion in the coming days.
Even if Smith experiences them.

Author: Mike Florio
AP Photo Kathy Willens

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