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Dodgers News: Will Smith Provides Update on Concussion, Plan to Return to Action

Dodgers starting catcher Will Smith has been out since Friday with what we later found out was a concussion. Smith sustained the injury on Wednesday, when he took three foul balls off the mask.

At first, the Dodgers thought it was an illness, but the symptoms persisted and Smith was ultimately placed on the seven-day concussion injured list.

On Monday, Smith spoke to the media, and said he’s feeling better. However, the Dodgers are going to be extra careful with bringing him back, as they don’t want to rush him and his concussion recovery.

“It’s going to be a progression so we’ll see,” Smith said. “We’ll see how I recover after today. Coming in tomorrow after going through a full workout today. Just kind of day by day. … That’s my No. 1 priority, to get back to 100 percent. I don’t want to rush this. … I think there are plenty of things that you can play through and deal with. But head stuff, concussion stuff is not one that anyone should mess with and I especially don’t want to mess with that.”

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Smith is eligible to come off the IL on Thursday, ahead of their four-game series against the Chicago Cubs. Will he be back by then, though?

“We’re just kind of playing it safe,” Smith said. I don’t want to get whacked again in the face. Hopefully a couple more days and we’ll be in there.”

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Smith is planning on traveling with the team to Chicago, and, hopefully, is fully healthy and ready to go come Thursday. The Dodgers lineup has definitely missed him.

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Editor for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan his whole life, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.

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