San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith’s status for the team’s Monday Night Football clash against the Chicago Bears is in jeopardy after the signal-caller suffered a concussion in last week’s game. There is concern over whether or not Smith will be cleared in time and Smith has gone for a second opinion from an independent neurologist.
A league source tells PFT that Smith is seeking a second opinion.
It’s unclear what impact, if any, a second opinion would have on the assessment of an independent neurologist. Given the somewhat subjective nature of the ultimate assessment of a guy’s symptoms, however, a second opinion that points toward a mild concussion or no concussion at all could influence the independent neurologist’s assessments.
Smith is eager to get back on the field because of the dynamic play of back up quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick has shown some big play ability and there are some who believe he is the future in San Francisco.
If Smith is unable to go on Monday night, Kaepernick will have the NFL’s center stage to put his skill on full display for the entire football world to see.