SANTA CLARA -- Wide receiver Torrey Smith sustained concussion in the third quarter Sunday and did not return to action.
Smith went up, along with New York Jets cornerback Juston Burris, on a deep pass from Colin Kaepernick. Smith jumped for the ball, which landed incomplete, and appeared to land on his head and shoulder area.
He remained motionless on the Levi’s Stadium turf for several seconds. After the team’s medical staff encircled him, Smith sat up after several moments. He was taken off the field on a cart and transported to the locker room area for further examination.
Smith, the 49ers’ nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award, appeared to be emotional as he left the field with a towel draped over his face. He now goes into the NFL’s concussion protocol, which he must pass in order to be cleared to return to action.
Smith did not catch a pass on Sunday. The deep ball was the only time in which he was targeted with a pass. He has 20 catches for 267 yards and three touchdowns on the season.