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NFL Still Hazy Over Concussions

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The video of Alex Smith smashing into Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar replayed several times on Bay Area TV screens Sunday afternoon as the 49ers' medical staff tested the quarterback for signs of a concussion, confirmed their suspicions and then escorted him off the field.

That tackle, so fierce at the moment of impact, seemed the likely culprit. Smith played 12 more downs after the hit, showing no obvious signs of wooziness and throwing a touchdown pass before he went to the sideline as a matter of course. He reported blurred vision once he got there.     

Jim Harbaugh would say later that the doctors had not identified the 4-yard run right into Dunbar as the cause of Smith's...

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