Apparently, the Pittsburgh Steelers now have a bigger headache than the holdout of All Pro running back Le’Veon Bell.
And that would be the actual headache being experienced by 36-year-old franchise QB Ben Roethlisberger, who now finds himself in the concussion protocol, after sustaining a hit early in Tuesday's practice.
Teammates huddled in concern as the six-time Pro Bowler fell to the turf at Latrobe Memorial Stadium. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert said Roethlisberger was rolling to the right side on a goal-line play and ran into Gilbert and linebacker Keion Adams.
Roethlisberger got up on his own accord and talked with teammates and trainers, who eventually walked him out of the stadium. He appeared to leave the premises in a car.
Center Maurkice Pouncey said Roethlisberger told him "he was fine, he was good," and reserve quarterback Mason Rudolph said the quarterback appeared in good spirits after the play.
Yeah, I’d be in good spirits, too – if I didn’t have to practice in this summer heat and knew there is no way my coach was about to let me play in any more ridiculous pre-season games.
Big Ben will be back, but not til the season starts… and he will be alongside Le’Veon Bell.
And that’s when other teams in the NFL will have serious headaches.