Ben Roethlisberger’s Head is Swollen
After getting yet another concussion against the Cleveland Browns on Pittsburgh’s last game of the season, the quarterback for the Steelers discovered there was some residual effects he’s going to have to deal with: That is, his head is swollen and because of that, the style of helmet he normally uses does not fit over his swollen noggin like it has before the concussion and because of that, Roethlisberger has been experiencing headaches after practice.
You can’t make this stuff up, folks.
“I had a little headache after putting the helmet on because it was so tight,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday. “But we’ll deal with it and move on.”
After receiving a concussion during the 2006 season, Roethlisberger declined to switch to a newer style of helmet designed to better protect against concussions. He apparently has not switched helmets this time, either, preferring to stay with the model he has traditionally worn.
Look, I understand the need for comfort when there are 300-pound d-linemen coming at you like a freight-train. Wearing a helmet that doesn’t feel comfortable could very well be a distraction, but at some point, a player’s safety should take precedence. Three concussions in three years? Maybe it’s time Roethlisberger took a different approach because the current one doesn’t seem to be working.