According to ESPN and coach Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Alex Smith threw his only touchdown pass of the game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday afternoon after sustaining a concussion.
Harbaugh said that Smith experienced “blurred vision” after taking a vicious hit from Rams’ linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar, then getting crushed on a one-yard quarterback keeper in the second quarter.
However, the veteran quarterback hung in there and threw a touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree for a touchdown that cut the Rams’ lead in half at the time. After the touchdown, Smith was examined on the sideline and went into the locker room. Backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick played the remainder of the game.
As for the concussion itself, Harbaugh said Smith is improving, but his status for next Monday night’s game against the Bears is still uncertain.
Coincidentally, two other big-name quarterbacks in Michael Vick of the Eagles and Jay Cutler of the Bears also sustained concussions on Sunday. Cutler’s status for next week is also uncertain, meaning we could see a battle of backup QB’s on Monday night.