Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has not ruled out facing the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night, but insists he’ll make a decision with caution in mind.
The 33-year-old took a hit from Michael Bennett as the Steelers lost to the Seattle Seahawks and was later diagnosed with a traumatic ocular migraine.
Coach Mike Tomlin has promised to “be very diligent” in ensuring there is no issue with concussion before allowing Roethlisberger to return and, although he is eager to play, the player himself has acknowledged the potential long-term risks of rushing his recovery.
“I have played through many injuries but the brain is not an injury you want to play with,” Roethlisberger told Pittsburgh Sport Radio.
“I didn’t feel right, it doesn’t make you less of a man or a football player to come out of the game.
“It was a big hit, I got the wind knocked out of me, and I was on the ground. I felt okay, just felt like it was a big hit.
“When you’re done you want to be a husband or father, and if I have these brain injuries it’s not worth it.”
The Steelers’ 39-30 defeat to the Seahawks hit their play-off hopes hard, but Roethlisberger says there is every reason for them to feel optimistic going forward.
“We’re doing some good things,” he added.
“I thought DeAngelo Williams played a great game this past Sunday. I thought there was some key third downs that he converted in the passing game. I thought he ran the ball well. I think guys are stepping up and playing well.
“Markus Wheaton I talked about. I thought the line played good, especially with the noise and that pass rush the Seahawks have.
“So yeah, we’re scoring points, we’re doing some good things, but we need to score one more point than the opponent, so moving forward we need to keep growing and keep getting better.”