After taking hit in practice, Ben Roethlisberger is being evaluated as part of concussion protocol

<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/teams/pit" data-ylk="slk:Pittsburgh Steelers">Pittsburgh Steelers</a> quarterback <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/players/6770/" data-ylk="slk:Ben Roethlisberger">Ben Roethlisberger</a> enters concussion protocol after taking hit in practice. (AP Photo)
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger enters concussion protocol after taking hit in practice. (AP Photo)

Ben Roethlisberger sustained a hit during Pittsburgh Steelers practice Tuesday. And apparently, it was a hit to the head.

Ahead of Thursday’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, Roethlisberger is being evaluated by team doctors as part of the concussion protocol, according to Steelers team spokesman Burt Lauten.

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Roethlisberger is coming off of a season in which he threw for 4,251 yards, 28 touchdowns in 14 interceptions. Last July, the quarterback spoke to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review about concussions.

At the time, a study had surfaced, relaying that 110 of 111 deceased former NFL players were diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Seven of those players were quarterbacks. Roethlisberger, who has suffered multiple concussions over the course of his career, was asked about the study.

“I want to play catch with my kids,” he told the Tribune-Review. “I want to know my kids’ names. As much as I want my kids to remember what I did and watch me play the game, I also want to remember them when I’m 70 years old.” 

It is uncertain how serious an injury this is, but with Landry Jones, Josh Dobbs and Mason Rudolph as backups, all eyes will be on the two-time Super Bowl-winning Roethlisberger.

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