Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network clarified that Roethlisberger placed himself in concussion protocol, but the quarterback may not actually have a concussion.
Roethlisberger self-reported his symptoms, and exited the game in the fourth quarter to be evaluated by trainers. His symptoms had already begun to fade shortly after the game, Fowler reports.
In the fourth quarter, 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.
Roethlisberger, 33, has made only six starts this season as he has dealt with foot and MCL injuries.
The Steelers, now 6–5, will play the Indianapolis Colts (6–5) in Week 13.
- Erin Flynn