Quarterback Alex Smith left the Chiefs’ game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday with 11 minutes, 38 seconds left in the first quarter after a blow to the head.
He eventually cleared concussion protocol and returned to the game, but the hit that forced him out of the game looked ugly.
Facing a first-and-10 at the Colts’ 22-yard line, Smith scrambled to his right on a passing attempt and slid, feet-first, near the line of scrimmage. Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson delivered a blow to him as he slid to the ground, and Smith’s head bounced off the turf.
Smith was lifted to his feet by running back Spencer Ware and looked wobbly after a step or two. He was prevented from returning to the game by a referee and was surrounded by several medical personnel on the bench before walking into the tunnel to be evaluated for a concussion.
The Chiefs inserted Nick Foles, who misfired on his first passing attempt, and later ended the drive with a field goal by Cairo Santos to take a 7-0 lead. Foles went 6-of-9 for 85 yards and a touchdown before Smith returned.