San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith plans to seek a second opinion on the concussion he suffered in the game against the Rams on Sunday. It is looks as if Smith suffered the concussion in the first quarter on a hit from Rams LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar. However, he did not come out of the game until the second quarter.
After suffering the hit from Dunbar, Smith was on the field for 12 more plays before being pulled because of a concussion. It is remarkable he not only stayed in the game, but he also finished off the drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree. In the last 12 plays he was on the field, he threw five times, ran once and was sacked. The hit on Smith by Dunbar was rattling, but I did not notice he was injured until the TV cameras showed him with his helmet off, looking dazed.
In order for Smith to play on Monday night against the Chicago Bears, he must be cleared first by an independent neurologist and will have to go through extensive tests. In a twist of irony, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a concussion as well Sunday and it is unknown whether or not he will play against the 49ers.
Should Smith not be able to go for the game on Monday Night Football the offense will be in good hands with Colin Kaepernick under center for the 49ers. Even though this would be his first NFL start of his career, Kaepernick showed not only against the Rams, but also in previous games, he has what it takes to be a starter in the NFL. The Bears defense will present a tough matchup for Kaepernick and he will likely be using scrambling abilities throughout the game.