Roethlisberger remains in league concussion protocol

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Ben Roethlisberger thinks he is fine, but the Pittsburgh Steelers are not taking any chances with their franchise quarterback.

Roethlisberger remains in the league’s concussion protocol, and cannot practice or play in games until cleared by team doctors, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday.

“We will lean on the expert advice of our medical staff,” Tomlin said.

On his weekly radio show on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger said that he felt he had passed concussion testing done at the team’s practice facility, but the team doctors apparently don’t agree. Roethlisberger thinks that he suffered a traumatic ocular migraine after Seattle’s Michael Bennett hit him, saying he felt that he was looking through water, but that the sensation passed shortly after the game.

“I have played through many injuries, but the brain is not an injury you want to play with,” he said. “When you’re done, you want to be a husband or father. And if I have these brain injuries, it’s not worth it.”

The play also illustrated another shortcoming in the league’s independent-spotter system. Roethlisberger’s teammates had to help him up after the hit, but the spotter did not call for a medical stoppage to have him checked for injury.

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