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Ben Roethlisberger: ‘I’ll play through any injury but brain (injury)’


Ben Roethlisberger self-reported experiencing concussion symptoms that arose during Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, and his comments Tuesday reflect that the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback takes head injuries far more seriously than others.

“I feel I made the right decision,” Roethisberger said during his weekly radio show on Pittsburgh’s 93.7 The Fan, via Pro Football Talk. “I’ll play through any injury but brain (injury).”

Not only that, he appeared to issue a warning to his fellow NFL players — Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins comes to mind — regarding the dangers of playing through a concussion.

“I think more guys should do it,” he said, per a tweet from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette.

Roethlisberger added during the radio interview that he believes he “aced” the concussion test he took Tuesday and plans to practice Wednesday. With that in mind, he added he can’t foresee any reason he won’t play Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts.

Regarding what occurred during the game, Roethlisberger said he didn’t technically experience substantial concussion symptoms, only an issue with his peripheral vision, something a team doctor insisted was sufficient enough to keep the quarterback off the field. Roethlisberger also added the symptoms went away relatively quickly, as soon as 30 minutes after the game.

Roethlisberger obviously is one of the toughest quarterbacks currently playing the position, and has often played through injuries — he once credited drinking a lot of milk for his amazing recuperative powers — that have kept other starting signal-callers holding a clipboard. But even he recognizes the difference between playing on a bum knee or foot and trying to battle one’s way through a concussion.