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Clarity provided in regards to the question of Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger's concussion status

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said he wasn't concussed on his weekly radio show. Mike Tomlin said his QB had a concussion at his weekly press conference. So, what actually happened?

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The entire situation surrounding Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger removing himself from their Week 12 game against the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth quarter has been confusing. Initially, no one knew exactly what was going on with Roethlisberger and why he was leaving the field. Following the game, it was reported Roethlisberger was undergoing the NFL's concussion protocol.

The answer seemed sufficient at the time, but the follow up question would come Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. EDT when Roethlisberger took to the airwaves for his weekly radio show on 93.7 The Fan to discuss last week's game, and his health.

Roethlisberger said he suffered a "Traumatic Ocular Migraine", which impacts vision, and mentioned he thought he "aced" the standard IMPACT test to gauge whether a player has a concussion or not. The IMPACT test is a part of the concussion protocol, and the results are not immediate. Roethlisberger stated he thought he would be fine to practice Wednesday, and his status moving forward to Sunday shouldn't be in jeopardy.

About an hour later, Mike Tomlin took to the podium for his weekly press conference, and when he mentioned Roethlisberger's injury, he stated he had a concussion. When pressed about the difference in what he and Roethlisberger said, Tomlin referred to his lack of a medical degree and how he leans on the team's medical staff for his information.

A red flag had been raised, and through all the smoke and mirrors, the Steelers finally provided some clarity in regards to how the situation unfolded the way it did. Per a Steelers spokesman, when Roethlisberger went on his radio show declaring he "aced" the IMPACT test, the results were not known at the time. He had failed the test, which gave Mike Tomlin the diagnosis of a concussion during his press conference.

The fact Roethlisberger has been diagnosed with a concussion will certainly have his availability in question moving forward. Roethlisberger will have to clear protocol before being allowed to participate in any practices or games, and if Roethlisberger isn't able to do so, Landry Jones could be making his third start of the season in a huge conference game against the Colts at Heinz Field Sunday.