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08:02 AM ET 11.14 | After suffering a concussion on Sunday, San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith has reason to want to get back on the field. And while it's unclear whether he'll be cleared by an independent neurologist to return to action on Monday night against the Bears, 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. ... If Smith doesn't play and if Colin Kaepernick plays well on a national stage, Alex Smith could be the sports world's next Wally Pipp.

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November 14, 2012  08:06 AM ET

Yes, he asked both doctors, who were standing right in front of him. He also wondered why they looked like twins.

November 14, 2012  08:08 AM ET

A second opinion? OK. Your mother dresses you funny.

November 14, 2012  08:25 AM ET

If Smith doesn't play and if Colin Kaepernick plays well on a national stage, Alex Smith could be the sports world's next Wally Pipp.

I'm going out on a limb here and make a bold prediction.




Colin Kaepernick ain't that good.

November 14, 2012  08:26 AM ET

He's probably concerned he'll lose his starting job to Kaepernick, if he doesn't take the field Mon night.

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November 14, 2012  08:36 AM ET

It could be worse. Suppose Harbaugh had to choose between Sanchez and Tebow.

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November 14, 2012  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

It could be worse. Suppose Harbaugh had to choose between Sanchez and Tebow.

You know...



Maybe he is.

November 14, 2012  09:11 AM ET

Here on FN he will get a 2nd, 3rd, and 78th opinion

November 14, 2012  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Here on FN he will get a 2nd, 3rd, and 78th opinion

There in San Francisco the second opinion may require a prostate exam.

November 14, 2012  09:53 AM ET

I have be honest.....had to google Wally Pipp. Double talk from Pro Football Talk. All the concern there is for concussions this year, then print about the pressures of missing a game. I don't get it, but I guees that's the point.....fodder for FN.

November 14, 2012  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

If Smith doesn't play and if Colin Kaepernick plays well on a national stage, Alex Smith could be the sports world's next Wally Pipp. I'm going out on a limb here and make a bold prediction. Colin Kaepernick ain't that good.

You'll be surprised... Kaepernick is going to keep the starting job if he starts this week and everyone will see a QB take advantage of the Moss signing by actually throwing catchable deep balls..

November 14, 2012  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I have be honest.....had to google Wally Pipp. Double talk from Pro Football Talk. All the concern there is for concussions this year, then print about the pressures of missing a game. I don't get it, but I guees that's the point.....fodder for FN.

I only know about Wally because of the show with the cute blond Grimm Reaper. She really did it for me.

November 14, 2012  10:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I only know about Wally because of the show with the cute blond Grimm Reaper. She really did it for me.

Dead Like Me? Loved that show.

November 14, 2012  10:38 AM ET

Wally Pipp? Sort of but more like Drew Bledsoe.

November 14, 2012  10:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

A second opinion? OK. Your mother dresses you funny.

Followed by you're ugly and your breath stinks.

November 14, 2012  11:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

You'll be surprised... Kaepernick is going to keep the starting job if he starts this week and everyone will see a QB take advantage of the Moss signing by actually throwing catchable deep balls..

I don't mind being proven wrong.

November 14, 2012  11:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Yes, he asked both doctors, who were standing right in front of him. He also wondered why they looked like twins.

Niceeeeee

 
November 14, 2012  07:02 PM ET

Maybe he could find a "replacement" doctor,,,,,,

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