Ben Roethlisberger Leaves Steelers Practice with Possible Concussion After Fall

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 14, 2018

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) plays against the Tennessee Titans during an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger left practice Tuesday after hitting his head on the field after a fall. The Steelers announced he is being evaluated as part of the concussion protocol, per Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Roethlisberger leaving was likely precautionary. 

Injuries have been a problem throughout the 36-year-old's career, and he has completed a 16-game season just three times in 14 years in the league. However, he is coming off a year where he was able to avoid major issues and stay on the field.

Roethlisberger's only missed game in 2017 was Week 17 in an attempt to rest for the postseason.

While the quarterback had threatened retirement after the season, he was quick to return for 2018 and said he could even play three more years.

He remains effective on the field as well, earning a Pro Bowl selection in each of the past four years after getting just two bids in his first 10 seasons.

If the veteran is forced to miss time, it could lead to more playing time from young draft picks Mason Rudolph or Joshua Dobbs.