Big Ben: Some won’t be totally honest on injuries
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger supports the
NFL’s stricter policies on allowing players back on the field after
sustaining head injuries. But will players comply?
Speaking to reporters in Green Bay on a conference call
Wednesday, Roethlisberger said he believed league officials have
players’ best interests in mind. But Roethlisberger suspects
players won’t be “completely honest” about injuries because they
want to keep playing.
“All of us want to be fathers and husbands someday. In that
sense, I think it’s good,” Roethlisberger said. “I think it does
run the risk that we are tough guys, we want to play through things
and I think guys will not be completely honest, for fear that they
can’t get back in the game. I think it’s kind of a double-edged
Roethlisberger sat out the Steelers’ Nov. 29 loss at
Baltimore because of a concussion.
This month, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to
teams saying a player should not be allowed to return to action if
he showed certain symptoms, including an inability to remember
assignments or plays, a gap in memory, persistent dizziness, and
The previous standard said a player should not be allowed to
return if he lost consciousness.
Nearly one-fifth of 160 NFL players surveyed by The
Associated Press from Nov. 2-15 replied that they have hidden or
played down the effects of a concussion.