3 NFL QBs sidelined by concussions on 1 day

3 NFL QBs sidelined by concussions on 1 day
November 12, 2012, 6:53 pm
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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith slowly gets up after being hit during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in San Francisco, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. In the background is San Francisco 49ers tackle Anthony Davis. Smith later left the game. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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Next week's big ``Monday Night Football'' showcase could feature a quarterback matchup of Jason Campbell of the Bears vs. Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers. Not exactly the creme de la creme of the NFC.

Why? Concussions, of course.

With so much attention paid to replacement refs and bounty ruling appeals this season, it's an issue that's slipped a bit under the radar lately. But it's hard to ignore this: 25 percent of Sunday's NFL games saw a starting QB leave with a concussion.

Two were Chicago's Jay Cutler and San Francisco's Alex Smith, whose teams play each other next Monday. Both stayed in Sunday's games for several plays after what appeared to be head-rattling hits. Smith even threw a TD pass while playing with blurred vision before he departed, according to coach Jim Harbaugh.

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