Wednesday with Ben, Oct . 25

Ben Roethlisberger held his weekly meeting with the media in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Here's what the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback had to say about his concussion and his status for the upcoming game with Oakland.

Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers

How are you feeling and are you ready to practice?

Good, I feel good. Just trying to get ready to get out there and help the team any way I can.

Do you feel relatively normal, ready to go?

Well, I'm never that normal. But I feel with the help of the training staff. We have good doctors, we've always had good doctors around here. Dr. Maroon and I have met a few times and we're going to make sure I don't put my health in jeopardy and we'll make sure we make the right decision.

Were you clear-headed when you were on the sideline?

Yeah, for the most part.

For the most part?

They didn't want me to go back out there. I tried to go back in the game but they didn't let that happen, obviously. Then they tried to get me to leave and I said no, I've got to get back out there. The main thing was just getting back out there on the sidelines so that the guys could see that I was out there and supporting them.

Do you feel you're going to play?

If I get cleared, I'm going to beg and plead to go.

It's going to depend on whether you pass the test later this week?

I've taken the test twice this week. I took one this morning and I'll go see Dr. (Joseph) Maroon and those guys and see if the symptoms go away. If they give me 100 percent clearance, I'll go.

Do you have a clear head?

Yeah, I feel good. If I didn't, I wouldn't be talking to you guys.

Can you tell us about the test? What do you have to do?

It's a post-concussion test it's on a computer and you have to answer a bunch of questions.

Is it tough?

Not so much tough as thinking and remembering things.

Like who won the Civil War?

Yeah, stuff like that. It's just memory things and how quickly you can respond to things you see on the computer.

You said you feel better now, when did you start to feel better?

It's just been trying to get rid of the headaches. I think the biggest thing is to make sure that they're cleared up for this weekend.

Do you have a headache now? Oh wait, you're talking to us.

Every time I talk to you guys. No, not so bad.

Did you have any headaches after the accident?

The biggest thing about the accident is just not remembering the accident. When I woke up in the hospital, I was fine. The biggest thing after the accident was just not remembering.

Have you been told that you're more susceptible after the accident to concussions?

No. That was a while ago. If it was a week ago, maybe. From talking to Dr. Maroon I think that people think that after you have one concussion you're susceptible to more and then more on top of that. But from what we've researched, as time passes, that susceptibility goes away.

It's been a bad few months.

Hopefully it will get better.

Given that you guys had been on a roll, how desperate are you to get back on the field and get the offense going and get a win?

On a roll was one game. We played good in one game. We felt good in the last game, but we didn't win the game so it doesn't matter how we did on offense. We just need to get out there and try to make plays and win the game.

What do you remember about that hit?

The last thing I remember is throwing the ball to Hines (Ward) and seeing him and I tried to duck out of it. As I ducked, I remember getting hit in the chin and feeling like I busted my whole jaw or something. One of their players said something to me and that was the last thing I kind of remember.

I know you want to play. Do you think you'll play?

I hope so. I'm going to try. Like I said, if I get the OK and coach and I talk, hopefully I can convince him.

At 2-4, does this team have a 9-1 or 8-2 run in it?

I don't know. The funny thing about football is that there's a lot of skill involved, but there's quite a bit of luck involved – whether the ball is tipped this way or bounces this way. We haven't been getting those breaks right now. We had our share last year and the last two years. It hasn't quite happened this year. We're just keeping up with hoping that if we keep playing at this level, the ball will bounce our way and that luck will start turning our way. If we play at the level we feel we can play, then we can win quite a few games.

What about the turnovers?

The turnovers are frustrating. Offensively it's frustrating any time you turn the ball over. We have to eliminate the turnovers whether it's throwing the ball or running the ball, fumbled snaps, all kind of things. If we can eliminate that, we can be pretty good on offense.

What happened on the hit? Was it dirty?

I don't think it was anything. I was trying to duck under it and I kind of got hit from every different angle.

Those fumbles you talked about, what happened on the snap from center?

Jeff (Hartings) and I had never fumbled a snap and unfortunately we did this week. It was one of those things where we were going on a silent count and in the huddle before the play we debated going on my call. But we decided to stick with the silent because it was working well. It was one of those things I was doing something and I came back under center and Jeff didn't quite feel me. He didn't know if I had tapped or not. It was one of those miscommunication things that won't happen again.

You seem to be pretty with it right now. Are you surprised you've been able to bounce back this fast?

You get your body prepared for lifting, I got my head prepared for concussions about three or four months ago. I guess I'm prepared to bounce back when I get hit hard.

You said one of their players said something to you?

They made a little comment, but I won't bring it up right now.

Were you worried about your jaw?

I was when I got hit. I wasn't worried about the front of it because I've got all the plates. I've got a tough jaw, I can take a good shot. I was worried about the back, it was a little sore. But I think it's OK.

Something about the plates makes it stronger?

Yeah, they're titanium.

The same thing that's in your driver.

Yeah.

Were you unconscious on the field?

I don't know if I can talk about that.


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