Ben Roethlisberger in concussion protocol after taking hit in Steelers’ practice

Kristopher Nichols
August 18, 2018

Roethlisberger, 36, has regularly battled injuries during his career, playing through several and missing seven games over the last three seasons for a variety of reasons.

He and second-stringer Landry Jones had already been ruled out for the game when Roethlisberger left a training camp practice on Tuesday with a possible concussion.

Hackenberg's best shot at sticking in Philadelphia would seem to be with the practice squad, where he would need to overtake Joe Callahan, who did not play well in the Eagles preseason loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday. He also scored on a 10-yard run.

The star pivot spoke to general manager Kevin Colbert and head trainer John Norwig before exiting the session.

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"It happened so fast. I saw his head whip back", Gilbert told reporters afterward.

The second-team offense was getting set to take the field, but they had to wait as everyone realized their six-time Pro Bowl quarterback was down.

Pittsburgh will face the Browns in Week 1 action September 9.

The worst way to start a season was nearly the reality of Steelers fans as Big Ben suffered a head injury at practice yesterday. "I was on the sideline thinking, 'Do I want to go back into this game?' I was thinking of my family, my lifestyle when I get done with football, with all these injuries ... the brain is nothing to mess with", he said after that contest. The reception moved Rodgers to tears, then he got to work.

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