After suffering a concussion, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman lied about his health to reenter Week 2's Monday night clash against the AFC North rival Cincinnati Bengals.
Bob Smizik of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported the news on Thursday, citing an interview Redman did with Smizik's colleague Ed Bouchette. Redman sustained a concussion on the opening kickoff of that contest but told doctors he was fine to go back in.
A myriad of tests are conducted to determine whether a player is able to go back in, but Redman admitted that he was able to fool doctors, knowing what type of questions would be floated his way.
"I had a concussion...I was pretty much out of it the rest of the game. I just tried to go back in," said Redman on Wednesday.
The Steelers responded, noting that Redman passed the protocol for possible concussions, per Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio:
Isaac was taken out of the game, and we announced that he was being evaluated for a concussion. He was then taken through the proper protocol by our medical staff, and it was deemed he was cleared to return to action after multiple examinations. He then reentered the game and saw action shortly thereafter and throughout the rest of the game.
Redman went back into the game at Paul Brown Stadium in the second quarter and was active for the remainder of the contest. The Steelers wound up losing 20-10, as Redman carried the ball just three times for four yards and had two receptions for seven yards.
This marks the latest ugly development in a putrid season in Pittsburgh thus far, as Mike Tomlin's bunch sits at 0-3 and will face the winless Minnesota Vikings in London in Week 4.
Potentially good news for the Steelers is that rookie running back Le'Veon Bell is set to make his debut, according to the Associated Press via USA Today.
One notable absence from the 2013 team's makeup is the physically formidable style of football the Steelers typically deploy on offense.
How will Redman's situation impact player safety issues?
Season-ending knee ligament tears to star center Maurkice Pouncey haven't helped, but Pittsburgh has really struggled to establish the running game, ranking 31st in the league in averaging 51.7 yards per contest.
Redman has 10 carries for 12 yards and four receptions for 14 yards this season.
It's somewhat frightening that Redman was willing to risk further long-term damage to his head by going out onto the gridiron, fully knowing he wasn't quite right.
In August, the NFL reached a tentative $765 million settlement for former players with head injuries. Redman's admission is another wrench in the player safety issue, which NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is actively addressing.
However, instances like Redman's may lead to the league tightening its guidelines on concussion issues, as Smizik suggests.