Steelers back Isaac Redman said he persuaded doctors to let him play after a concussion. (Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
The Pittsburgh Steelers are disputing running back Isaac Redman's claims that he received a concussion during a Week 2 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals after he was hit in the head on a kickoff but re-entered the game after being evaluated by medical personnel, who he says he persuaded to let him continue playing.
Redman also practiced during the week following the concussion and played in Pittsburgh's Week 3 loss to the Chicago Bears.
“I had a concussion,” Redman said to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I was pretty much out of it the rest of the game. I just tried to go back in.”
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The Steelers disagree with Redman's medical assessment that he had a concussion.
“Isaac was taken out of the game, and we announced that he was being evaluated for a concussion,” the team said in a statement released to Pro Football Talk. “He was then taken through the proper protocol by our medical staff and it was deemed he was cleared to return to action after multiple examinations. He then re-entered the game and saw action shortly thereafter and throughout the rest of the game.”