Reid: 'I felt perfectly normal; I wanted to go back and play'
SANTA CLARA – Safety Eric Reid remains symptom-free after sustaining a concussion Sunday night and is on pace to return to action when the 49ers face the Indianapolis Colts, he said Thursday.
“I went to the doctor yesterday and they said all my post-concussion tests were good – passed all my baseline tests, so I think I have to go back and get released for Sunday, but I should be fine,” Reid said.
Reid was limited in practice on Wednesday. He wore a blue no-contact jersey during the padded practice. The 49ers are scheduled to practice Thursday afternoon.
The last step toward passing the NFL's concussion protocol and being cleared to play in Sunday’s game is taking part in a contact simulation. Reid said he was not sure when that test would occur. Typically, the test is administered on a Friday or Saturday.
“He hasn’t told me yet. They said it’s a day-by-day thing, and they’ll let me know,” Reid said.
Reid sustained a concussion just prior to halftime Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks when he hit wide receiver Sidney Rice after a pass completition.
“After watching the film, it didn’t look like a bad hit at all,” said Reid, who said he did not sustain any concussions during his college career at LSU. “I don’t know what happened.”
When asked if he remembered the play, Reid said, “I didn’t for a little bit, but it came back to me after they took me to the locker room. That’s why they said they diagnosed me with a concussion. I actually didn’t have a headache at all. I felt perfectly normal and wanted to go back and play, but they hid my helmet somewhere.”
Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said he expects to have a healthy lineup on Sunday – minus nose tackle Ian Williams, who was placed on injured reserve this week with a broken left ankle.
Defensive lineman Justin Smith (shoulder) did not practice on Wednesday, while linebacker NaVorro Bowman (wrist) and outside linebacker Aldon Smith (back) were limited.