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On Thursday, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Big Ben is “fine” and should make his return to practice Saturday ahead of a likely preseason debut Aug. 25 against the Tennessee Titans.
Roethlisberger, who wasn’t expected to play in either of the Steelers’ first two exhibition contests anyway, was cleared to travel with the team to face the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night. He was injured in a collision with offensive lineman Marcus Gilbert.
The 36-year-old Ohio native discussed his mindset regarding concussions after suffering a head injury during a 2015 game against the Seattle Seahawks. Speaking on 93.7 The Fan (h/t 247Sports), he said:
“I was literally on the sideline for the first time in maybe my life thinking about my family and not going back in the game because I didn’t feel quite right. That’s why I was honest with the trainers and the doctors and wanted to tell them exactly what I was going through.
“The brain is not an injury that you want to play with, and play through. We play football for such a short period of time in our lives. When you’re done, you want to be a father, and a husband and be the best that I can be. If I have these brain injuries, it’s not worth it.”
Roethlisberger has missed at least one game in each of the past three years and has appeared in all 16 regular-season games just three times in 14 years since the Steelers selected him in the first round of the 2004 draft.
It doesn’t appear the latest ailment has put him in any danger of missing the season opener against the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 9, though.
Landry Jones, Mason Rudolph and Joshua Dobbs are Pittsburgh’s other options at the position, and they should all see ample action Thursday against the Packers.