49ers S Eric Reid will adjust play to avoid concussions

Sep 8, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) celebrates after the play against the Green Bay Packers during the first quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers rookie Eric Reid has suffered two concussions this season. The latest came while trying to tackle Carolina Panthers full back Mike Tolbert. That has Reid rethinking his style of play and the way he tackles.

“This is the NFL,” Reid said, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. “Guys are a little bit stronger and little bit bigger than what I’m used to playing, so I might have to adjust the way I play a little bit. . . .

“Knowing the type of guy you’re going against. How big he is? Or if it’s an angle tackle or going head up when you should cut him or hit him for roll tackle him.”

Eric Reid isn’t considering missing any time. He said he won’t take a week off to give his body, and head, an extra week of rest.

“This is my dream,” he said. “This is what I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. So as long as I feel fine and the doctors tell me I can play then I’m going to play. Right now it’s just a waiting game for me.”

Reid is symptom-free reportedly and has been cleared to participate in non-contact work at practice. That points to him returning to the field on Sunday agains the New Orleans Saints. Reid is scheduled to undergo a contact test later in the week to receive clearance for Sunday’s game.

Topics: Eric Reid, San Francisco 49ers

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