Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/17/14
San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith already cleared his first hurdle toward returning to the field after sustaining a concussion Sunday in the 49ers' 24-24 tie with the Rams. Coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that Smith got a good night of sleep and that his symptoms were "good." The first step in getting cleared to return after a concussion is the absence of symptoms. For Smith, the problems included blurred vision following a successful quarterback sneak on fourth-and-1 from the Rams' 47-yard line in the second quarter. Smith continued through the drive, throwing a touchdown pass before leaving the game for good. Once symptoms abate, a concussed player must undergo a series of tests from an independent neurologist. Smith, apparently clear-eyed and clear-headed, was scheduled for a neurology appointment Monday. Should Smith pass the tests, he would need to engage in a non-contact practice and then a contact practice before he would be cleared to play in a game. The 49ers do ...
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