San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith threw a 14-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter of Sunday’s 24-24 tie against the St. Louis Rams while playing with blurred vision before coming out with a concussion.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that Smith connected with Michael Crabtree six plays after he began experiencing blurred vision on a 1-yard keeper early in the second quarter. Six plays earlier, he had taken a vicious hit from St. Louis linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar.
Smith scrambled to his left and started to slide before turning when Dunbar got him in the back of the neck with 1:10 left in the first quarter. He briefly grabbed his face mask and grimaced but stayed in the game.
Harbaugh expressed concern at the thought the 28-year-old Smith played through some concussion symptoms.
Harbaugh said the quarterback improved overnight and would see a neurologist later Monday. His status is unclear for next Monday night’s game against the Bears is uncertain.
Around the league
The NFL said the 76-yard punt return by Denver’s Trindon Holliday against Carolina on Sunday should have been ruled a touchback, not a touchdown. … Carolina Panthers special teams coordinator Brian Murphy was fired one day after Carolina surrendered the 76-yard punt return for a touchdown to Holliday. … Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey announced running back Fred Jackson was diagnosed with a concussion and will not play Thursday. … An MRI on Denver Broncos pass-rusher Elvis Dumervil’s left shoulder showed no tear. … Dallas Cowboys defensive end Kenyon Coleman is out for the season with a torn triceps muscle in his left arm. … The Green Bay Packers put offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga (hip) on the injured list. … The Indianapolis Colts lost starting cornerback Jerraud Powers (foot) and defensive tackle Drake Nevis (hand) for the rest of the season.