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Eagles TE Smith knocked out with concussion against Falcons

  • By Associated Press
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PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles tight end L.J. Smith was knocked out of Sunday's 27-14 win over Atlanta with a concussion after a late hit from Atlanta's Lawyer Milloy.

Smith was hit at the end of an incomplete pass down the middle in the fourth quarter. Donovan McNabb's throw hit a defender in the back of the helmet and Smith turned his head back upfield before taking a hard hit from Milloy.

L.J. Smith, TE
Philadelphia Eagles

2008 Statistics:
Receptions: 12
Yards: 106
Touchdowns: 2

Milloy took a couple of steps before launching himself with a high hit to Smith's upper body. Milloy was flagged for an unnecessary roughness penalty on the play.

Eagles coach Andy Reid said he thought Milloy was just trying to make a play and was not trying to hurt Smith.

"That's part of the game," Reid said. "Lawyer's not a cheap-shot guy, that's not his deal. He's been in this league a long time. He's a clean player."

Smith lay on the field clutching his head before being attended to by the training staff. He was helped to his feet and began walking toward the locker room. Smith paused a moment to bend over and remove his helmet before continuing into the tunnel.

Milloy said he was going full-speed on the play.

"I'm trying my best to live by the rules, but my job is to get the players down when I play and sometimes the play is bang-bang."

Smith's teammates agreed with their coach's assessment.

"I don't look at (Milloy) as a dirty guy," McNabb said. "He was so apologetic after the hit, he explained it wasn't his intention (to hurt Smith)."

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

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