Smith to undergo further testing with spine specialist

2011-10-24T13:36:00Z 2011-10-24T15:05:36Z Smith to undergo further testing with spine specialistBY KATHLEEN NELSON
October 24, 2011 1:36 pm  • 

The most troubling injury to come out of the Rams' 34-7 loss to the Dallas Cowboys was sustained by offensive tackle Jason Smith, diagnosed with a concussion. Smith strained his neck Sunday, when doctors attended to him on the field for several minutes. He was taken to a hospital in Dallas  and was in a neck brace on the way home.

Smith's injury is especially troubling since he missed five games in his rookie year and one game last season because of concussions. He will see a spine specialist for more tests on his neck.

"There's always concern when you deal with the head, and it is a concussion," Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said. "The doctors are on top of it. We want to make sure we're in the clear with his neck."

The rest of the injury news was grim as well:

• There's been no change on quarterback Sam Bradford (ankle), who will be re-evaluated Wednesday. He is still wearing a boot on his left ankle.

• Defensive tackle Darell Scott also was diagnosed with a concussion. He did not attend meetings Monday. A CT scan was negative, though.

• Linebacker Brady Poppinga suffered a second-degree calf strain and might not practice all week.

• Cornerback Justin King (groin) probably won't practice on Wednesday.

• Wide receiver Danario Alexander (hamstring) underwent an MRI. Results were pending.

• Running back Jerious Norwood was ill Monday but was expected back at practice Wednesday.

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