Ever since Ben Roethlisberger self-reported what he thought may be a concussion in the fourth quarter against Seattle last Sunday, there has been some confusion around the veteran quarterback's status.
On Tuesday, the QB said he'd been told he didn't have a concussion. Then, later the same day, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin publicly confirmed Big Ben was in the concussion protocol.
On his mind
Things got clearer yesterday, however, when Roethlisberger was able to practice in full. And, speaking after the session, he discussed the moment he took himself out the game - revealing just what was going through his mind at the time.
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"As a competitor it is hard not to want to be out there," explained the 33-year-old, via Steelers.com.
"But...I was literally standing there for the first time thinking 'It's bigger than just me. It's about my family, my wife, my kids.'"
Although Roethlisberger appears to have avoided any serious repercussions this time around, the Steelers star still wanted to emphasize just how important it is to take any head injury seriously:
"You don't want to think about after football with your head, but you have to.
"You have to think about the type of man, husband, father you want to be when you're done playing."
Even with the recent lapse in the protocol concerning St. Louis Rams quarterback Case Keenum, the NFL do finally appear to be taking steps to address the threat of concussion.
And, with Big Ben noting that he probably wouldn't have self-reported during his first few years in the league, it looks like players themselves are starting to take the necessary measures, too.