Clifton "Peanut" Smith A Tough Nut To Crack

Oliver EllisCorrespondent IDecember 17, 2009

ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 29:  Clifton Smith #22 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 29, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers return man Clifton Smith, recently placed on injured reserve, is out for the season after suffering two concussions this year.

Concussions and head injuries are becoming more and more topical in the NFL, especially with particularly retired players struggling.

"Back in the day, they would tell you to put an ice pack on it and go back on the field," Smith said. "I'm an old school type of player. I'll just take my lumps and go back in."

Smith is being treated by independent doctors as well as receiving treatment from team doctors under the NFL's request.

He says he feels fine, and that his second concussion (the first was an illegal hit from Carolina's Dante Wesley) was not nearly as bad as the first. "Peanut" reckons he could be on the field in the next two games, but accepts his well-being must come first—especially in such a dismal season without a playoff appearance.

"I can always appreciate [the team] looking out for my health, but my competitive nature, I just want to get out there and have fun and play the game with my teammates," Smith said.