Rams in no hurry for Jason Smith's return

St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo says the team will be in no hurry to get rookie offensive tackle Jason Smith back on the field as Smith recovers from a concussion.

We’re certainly concerned with Jason,” Spagnuolo said. “So we’ll make sure everything is done the right way.”

Last week, Smith failed two neurological tests and was inactive for the game against the Seattle Seahawks. He started to feel sick while watching the game on the sideline and was taken to a local hospital, but he said he’s not sure if his symptoms were related to the concussion.

“They tested me on a couple of different things, but they never said, ‘Hey, it was because of your concussion,” Smith said.

As we noted in today’s one-liners, Smith was feeling good enough to joke around about the concussion. But he also noted that he wants to be cautious about it, adding, “I don’t want to die.”

Whether teams are cautious enough with concussions has become one of the major storylines of this NFL season, and on Sunday both the Cardinals and Steelers lost big games when their quarterbacks sat out because of concussions. It’s a lot easier for a team like the Rams, without any playoff aspirations, to exercise caution, and it appears that the Rams will take their time before letting Smith step back onto the field.