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.