Brian Kenny: Concussion Concerns

Brian Kenny
Brian Kenny

We recently saw Congressional hearings on concussions in the NFL. In it, recent studies were brought in which point to concussions leading to depression in players as they age. We act as though this is all part of the dark past of the league. And yet, it's happening right now. It's strange that with all the focus on concussions in the NFL, that one of the league's biggest players was seemingly concussed, but is coming back without much debate. Ben Roethlisberger took a major shot to the head last week, he was forced from the game, looked quite woozy on the sideline. His head coach, Mike Tomlin, admitted to a "concussion-oriented thing", but stopped short of saying "concussion". Within a day, however, even with his history of concussions, Big Ben was said to be fine, and "ready to go". I'm not saying Roethlisberger is shielding anything, nor am I saying Mike Tomlin doesn't have his quarterback's health in mind. But both have too much invested in his playing to make a rational medical decision. Tonight on "The Brian Kenny Show", 8-10 Eastern on ESPN Radio, we'll talk with Hall of Famer Steve Young about the concussion issue in the NFL. There are no easy answers, but leaving it to the players is clearly not the best policy.