Biggs: 49ers safety Lewis has 3rd concussion in 2 months

The San Francisco 49ers have a serious situation on their hands and it has nothing to do with the humbling 45-10 loss they suffered at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

It has everything to do with strong safety Michael Lewis and his health moving forward. Lewis reportedly suffered his third concussion since Aug. 18 in the loss when he dropped his head to tackle Falcons running back Michael Turner and wound up face down on the field. According to John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle, Lewis was “clearly woozy’’ as he was helped off the field.

Concussions are serious business and when a player gets so many in such a short period of time, that increases the chance that he will suffer longterm effects well after his playing days are complete. The National Football Post’s Matt Bowen knows it’s more than just having your bell rung, as they like to say, and he analyzed his state after a playing career that included numerous concussions.

Lewis’ first concussion occurred in a joint practice with the Oakland Raiders in Napa, Calif., and he was cleared to return quickly as he took a helmet to the head for a second concussion against Dallas in a preseason game 11 days later, according to Crumpacker.

“It's a very serious matter for me and my family,’’ Lewis said after the second concussion. “You hear about players in the past having mental problems. As a man, you try to be tough about everything.”

Every case is different, but when Chicago Bears linebacker Nick Roach suffered a concussion in the first preseason game, he was shut down for the remainder of the exhibition season. It’s not something that should be treated lightly, and it would not come as a surprise if Lewis does not return this season. There’s just too much at stake.

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