Ben Roethlisberger took a vicious hit to the head on Sunday against the Seahawks. The screencap above gives you an idea of just how bad it was. Roethlisberger said he had blurry vision throughout the rest of the game, and said he felt like he was “looking through water.” Thankfully for Roethlisberger (and his brain), the symptoms subsided some time later.
“I have played through many injuries, but the brain is not an injury you want to play with.”
Wise words from Big Ben.
On Tuesday, Roethlisberger began telling people he was diagnosed with a traumatic ocular migraine. He also told a Pittsburgh radio station that he performed well in the NFL’s concussion test. Passed with flying colors, apparently.
“I did go into the protocol, took the test today and, um, unlike when I was in school, I think I aced this one. So, I should be okay.”
And none of that is true. Roethlisberger did not ace the test, he didn’t even pass. He was diagnosed with a concussion after a medical expert (presumably) reviewed the results. He is questionable for Sunday’s game, but feels like he will be good to go.
For what it’s worth (and it’s not much), this is Roethlisberger’s first concussion in seven years. Replace the word concussion with “brain injury” here and that still doesn’t sound very good.
In somewhat related news, Concussion starring Will Smith will be in theaters December 25.