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

persistent headaches.

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.