Ben Roethlisberger reported concussion symptoms that forced him to miss the Steelers’ final drive against Seattle on Sunday.
“Ben self-reported it,” said Burt Lauten, a Steelers spokesperson. “He was having symptoms. We had to put him under further evaluation.”
Roethlisberger jogged from the sidelines toward the Steelers locker room with 1 minute, 57 seconds remaining in a 39-30 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. He did not return and was not available for comment because of NFL concussion protocol.
Roethlisberger’s status for the Steelers’ home game against Indianapolis on Sunday night is not known. He will have to complete a five-step process that includes rest, return to aerobic exercise and football activity, and clearance from medical personnel.
It is unclear when Roethlisberger was injured. He finished the Steelers’ penultimate drive.
On the fifth play of that drive, Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was penalized for roughing the passer. Referee Walt Anderson said during the game the penalty was for contact to Roethlisberger’s head/helmet.
An independent medical spotter is positioned on the media level during NFL games. That spotter is empowered to halt a game for a medical timeout if he or she notices a player displaying concussion symptoms.
Lauten said the spotter didn’t make the call on Roethlisberger, who was replaced by backup quarterback Landry Jones for the Steelers’ final drive.
Roethlisberger has missed or failed to complete seven of the Steelers’ 11 games because of various injuries.
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