Roethlisberger confused about concussion talk, set to practice

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says he was cleared to return to practice Wednesday.
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On Tuesday morning, Ben Roethlisberger appeared on his weekly radio spot and said he didn't have a concussion. One hour later, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said he did, and that Roethlisberger was in the league's concussion protocol.

Confused? So is Roethlisberger. The Steelers quarterback took another concussion test Wednesday morning, and was told he can practice, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Of course, Roethlisberger also thought he aced the same test on Tuesday, which apparently was not the case since he didn't receiver clearance. 

“I had no symptoms of a concussion,” Roethlisberger said. “No dizziness, no nausea, none of that stuff that comes with it. When I told the doctors, Dr. Maroon and the training staff said I didn’t have a concussion. That’s why I was so confused yesterday when coach Tomlin said I had one. They need to get together and tell their players what’s going on because I was just relaying what the doctors told me.”

Roethlisberger said he is preparing to practice and play in Sunday night's game against the Indianapolis Colts. At least until Tomlin says otherwise. He also said he has no regrets about taking himself out of Sunday's loss in Seattle late in the fourth quarter. The recent news of Frank Gifford and other former NFL players like Junior Seau suffering from CTE has made Roethlisberger think about his future after football. 

“You see the ramifications 10, 20 years after they’re done playing,” he said. “It’s sad. I don’t want my teammates when you have reunions. … I don’t want to see guys drooling and not being able to remember things. I think we all need to speak up about it.”

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