Tomlin says Roethlisberger has a concussion

AP

Ben Roethlisberger suffered a concussion on Sunday. Unless he didn’t.

More specifically, he says he didn’t. His head coach says Roethlisberger did.

In his weekly press conference, Tomlin said that Roethlisberger indeed suffered a concussion against Seattle. Regardless of whether Roethlisberger calls it a concussion, he’s in the concussion protocol. Which means that someone believes he suffered a concussion, and that he won’t be playing until he passes the various steps — culminating in clearance from an independent neurologist.

Roethlisberger, who self-reported the concussion symptoms, has no reason to lie about his diagnosis. It’s possible he’s confused.

Regardless, the player never has the final word on injuries of this nature. If the coach says Roethlisberger has a concussion, then he has a concussion.

59 responses to “Tomlin says Roethlisberger has a concussion

  1. They are out of the playoffs and they know it. Any team that gives up an 80 yard TD over and over again is obviously still under the Tebow curse.

  2. I’m very impressed at how Roethlisberger has matured. He’s come a long way from the guy who would ride his Harley without a helmet and tell everyone to screw off. It seems like he’s taking his responsibility to his team and fellow players seriously.

  3. If NFL and NCAA were so concerned about player safety, they would automatically remove the player struck in the head for testing on the sideline. Kind of obvious if penalty is head to head contact in NFL or targeting in NCAA that there is a greater risk for concussion.

  4. I thought the doctors had the final word, not the coach. Tomlin should have taken him out after the hit from Bennett when Roethlisberger didn’t get up right away. Of course the game was still on the line then.

  5. How times have changed. I remember when Ben sat out a game because of a concussion and Hines Ward was questioning his toughness and commitment.

  6. They might want to use easier questions. That “How many fingers” thing always gives Ben trouble.

  7. Wondering where the people who criticized Gronkowski injury reaction yesterday are now the Roethlisberger is out at least for a short term. *crickets*

  8. “Regardless, the player never has the final word on injuries of this nature.”
    ——–

    Apparently they let him have the final word between the time of the Bennett hit and the field goal attempt on Sunday

  9. When you look at some of the decisions Tomlin made during their game in Seattle, I’d say he has a concussion too…

  10. danfl says:
    Dec 1, 2015 1:48 PM
    ……. Tomlin should have taken him out after the hit from Bennett when Roethlisberger didn’t get up right away….
    =============================
    I thought there were supposed to be independent spotters watching for this, you know, like the ones who failed to see Keenum walking in a different planet after his hit.

  11. @clickablecontent says:
    Dec 1, 2015 1:35 PM
    I’m very impressed at how Roethlisberger has matured. He’s come a long way from the guy who would ride his Harley without a helmet and tell everyone to screw off. It seems like he’s taking his responsibility to his team and fellow players seriously
    ==================================
    Where is the sarcasm font……………….

  12. I’m just always impressed by people taking shots from behind a computer screen. That takes guts to say stuff 100 miles from the person you’re badmouthing. Same people if they saw him. Can i get your autograph Mr Rossenbagger?

  13. How can any decent QB try to play with a concussion? The game is so complex and fast that at least 10 current starters can’t handle it without a concussion.

  14. Ben wasn’t about to take himself out of the game while the offense had the ball, after all, he didn’t have his 4G smartwrist band with him.

  15. I vote that neither Roethlisberger nor Tomlin should be allowed to comment on Ben’s post-game health or injuries. Key and Peele’s “yes, he is–no, he isn’t” routines have gotten old. Let’s leave the injury updates to a team doctor or one of the coordinators.

  16. Tomlin and Roethlisberger are both proven liars so you can’t really trust either of them. In this case though I buy Roethlisberger’s statement – Tomlin’s just covering for him because he knows how stupid it sounds that his qb took himself out of a game just for the drama of it.

  17. Tomlin has been the Steelers head coach for 9 seasons. He has gotten a playoff win in only 2 of those 9 seasons. And with this being his 5th year in a row with zero playoff wins I think it’s safe to say he will not come even close to sniffing another Super Bowl and the arrow is definitely pointing down.

    I think Tomlin realizes that despite rewarding his 4 years in a row with zero playoff wins this past offseason with a contract extension sooner or later the Rooneys will have to fire him even though he is still laying down that sweet, sweet, gobbledygook, doubletalk ,that’s been blowing them away for all these years.

    And since not many teams will be interested in hiring a head coach that ran a great team into the ground so badly, Tomlin is setting himself up for a job in the broadcast booth and he wants to be known as a nice guy who would never endanger his player’s health. Then he can lay down that sweet, sweet, gobbledygook, doubletalk for another 15 years.

  18. Twist words much to feed your “drama queen” agenda?

    Dude is beast and plays thru any injury presented to him as soon as possible, and many times before expected. He suffered the most highly criticized injury of our time and did the right thing by taking himself out.

    Viewpoints and articles like this are the reason players dangerously hide these types of injuries. Give the guy a break.

  19. Best of luck Ben, wished we could have rested Tom Brady when he was getting concussions all the time as the years pile up you can see the damaging effect it has had. Teams need to protect their players.

  20. Player -> “I think I have a concussion.”
    Coach -> “You don’t have a concussion! Get back in there!”
    Doctor -> “I think he has a concussion.”
    Owner -> “I’m paying him a lot of money!”
    Player -> “So I don’t have a concussion???”

  21. ‘”Ben is a warrior. they don’t make them like this anymore”
    ———————–
    I know, right? I was just telling my kid yesterday I remember when Butkus crushed Jim Brown coming through the line and hit him so hard both their helmets were cracked and came flying off. The both got up picked up the pieces and immediately ran to the sideline looking for the doctor. (it was hard to tell because it wasn’t hi-def back then of course but I think I saw a tear fall from Butkus’ eye)

    Man those guys were tough.

  22. They couldn’t have picked a better picture for this article. He looks like Sloth from the Goonies saying “Rocky Road..Ah heh”

  23. jviva77 says:
    Dec 1, 2015 2:09 PM

    I’m just always impressed by people taking shots from behind a computer screen. That takes guts to say stuff 100 miles from the person you’re badmouthing. Same people if they saw him. Can i get your autograph Mr Rossenbagger?
    ——————————————————–
    Another kumbaya, everyone play nice, can’t we all get along, participation trophy sentiment. Do you seriously think Ben gives 2 hoots about what we internet commenters think about him? Let us have our moment will ya?!

  24. Does anyone know what is done to determine if someone has a concussion or not, other than the questions and counting fingers test? That’s all they do in junior high football, because I have seen it.

  25. generayburn78 says:
    Dec 1, 2015 3:09 PM

    He probably just got his bell rung. I didn’t see him struggling to stand like Casey Kasem.

    —–

    I don’t think you saw Casey Kasem struggling to stand either. He died over a year ago.

  26. Tomlin: Never has had a losing season which no other Steeler coach can/could claim. Won a Super Bowl, made it to another. Inherited an 8-8 team and won the SB with it.

    It is clear a lot of the thinly disguised hate being spewed here has nothing to do with coaching at all as evident by the personal attacks (“dumb”, “liar”, etc.).

  27. I love how Pig Ben was ok to play after the hit, but as soon as Seattle scored to go up by 9, he “self-reported” concussion syndromes. Only steeler fans are dumb enough to think he did anything but want out of the game to avoid what was sure to be a huge pass rush and a likely fourth INT….oh, sorry, they don’t count on two-point conversions….third INT.

    At least he had time to polish his drama queen tiara so he could miraculously take the field only one week from his life-threatening hit!

  28. This must be “karma” for all the HGH that former team doctor Dr. Ryzde got caught with a few years ago.

    just kidding but that is the sort of STUPID stuff people say on here all the time

  29. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says:
    Dec 1, 2015 1:26 PM
    They are out of the playoffs and they know it.
    ————————————–

    Hey, look who’s back after being in hiding, after that big Ravens draft-destroying win.

    Hey look, at least it’s better than being Flacco’ed out of the playoffs. Because that one you have to put up with EVERY season from now on.

  30. I bet it felt like a Migrane…….lol, how would he know the difference? Are there different ring tones in your head when you get smashed? And do you think he would of said a thing if he was in his right mind?? Don’t give him credit like he knew what he was doing. Big Ben got Clocked!

  31. Back (2013, 2014) when Big$$$Ben was playing for a contract extension, he never missed a game. Now that he’s become the most inconsistent $200 million QB in NFL history, he can’t stay on the field.
    Funny how that works.

  32. Didn’t Ben say his goal was to score 30 points in every game? There you go and there he went. Buh-Bye! A true Steeler. LOL.

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