After undergoing tests on Tuesday, Roethlisberger said he believed he did not sustain a concussion. However, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said later on Tuesday that Roethlisberger’s injury “is now being described as a concussion,” and that he will remain in concussion protocol until he is cleared by team doctors.
“We will lean on the expert advice of our medical staff,” Tomlin said.
Roethlisberger, 33, placed himself in concussion protocol after the Steelers’ game against the Seattle Seahawks this weekend. He has made only six starts this season while dealing with foot and MCL injuries.
In the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game, Roethlisberger was hit hard by the Seahawks’ Bruce Irvin and Michael Bennett. He stayed in the game for the following nine plays despite lying on the ground for a few moments after the hit, which drew a roughing the passer penalty, but he did not return for the Steelers’ final offensive drive.
“I feel like I made the right decision,” Roethlisberger said of his decision to exit Sunday’s game against the Seahawks. “I’ll play through any injury but brain.”
When asked by team doctors how he felt on the sidelines, he admitted to having vision problems.
The Steelers are 6–5 and sit in second place in the AFC North.
- Christopher Chavez