After two concussions, Reid focuses on adjusting style

Harbaugh provides update on Reid, Davis concussions

After two concussions, Reid focuses on adjusting style
November 13, 2013, 1:30 pm
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This is the NFL. Guys are a little bit stronger and little bit bigger than what I’m used to playing, so I might have to adjust the way I play a little bit.
Eric Reid

SANTA CLARA – Safety Eric Reid and tight end Vernon Davis are symptom-free after sustaining concussions on Sunday.

And both players have been cleared to participate in non-contact work at practice on Wednesday, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said.

Reid sustained his second concussion of the season while colliding with Carolina Panthers 245-pound running back Mike Tolbert. Reid is on schedule to undergo a contact test later in the week to receive clearance to play in Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints.

Reid, a native of Louisiana who played at LSU, said he has given no thought to taking a week off. Reid jogged on Tuesday and reports he has felt no effects of the concussion.

“This is my dream,” he said. “This is what I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. So as long as I feel fine and the doctors tell me I can play then I’m going to play. Right now it’s just a waiting game for me.”

Saints rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro, who was chosen three spots ahead of Reid in the draft, ruled himself out of Sunday’s game after he sustained his second concussion of the season on Sunday. Two days ago, he posted on Instagram that he’s “mad” he will not be able to play this weekend.

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Reid said he had never sustained a concussion playing football before this season. The fact he has now sustained two concussions in two months is making him think about adjusting how he plays.

“This is the NFL,” he said. “Guys are a little bit stronger and little bit bigger than what I’m used to playing, so I might have to adjust the way I play a little bit.”

Reid said he will try to evaluate each situation as he comes up to make a tackle.

“Knowing the type of guy you’re going against,” he said. “How big he is? Or if it’s an angle tackle or going head up when you should cut him or hit him for roll tackle him.”

In retrospect, Reid said he should’ve tried to hit Tolbert lower. Instead, the left side of Reid’s helmet struck Tolbert’s helmet. Reid went to the ground and was motionless for 10 seconds. He said he never lost consciousness.

Reid sustained a concussion earlier this season on a similar hit against Seattle wide receiver Sidney Rice. Reid played the following week against the Indianapolis Colts.

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