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Old 01-05-2009, 09:54 AM   #1
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Default Will Ben be playing this weekend?

Interesting conversation on NFL Network last night by Mariucci and Deion. Mooch was asked if Ben struggles in the game, post concussion, how long do you wait to make a change to Byron Leftwich.

Mariucci then eluded to the fact that the Steelers have been very quiet about Ben's concussion and they were not even sure if he will be the starter. I thought that was strange, but cant find much news about his injury. Mariucci then went on to say that based on his experience with Steve Young and his concussions, you dont start Ben if he has headaches or seems mentally unclear....and if he is medically cleared to play, you keep and eye on him to make a change to Leftwich if he faulters.

Has anybody heard anything lately on Ben's condition?? The NFL Network crew seemed to not have any recent info.
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Old 01-05-2009, 09:58 AM   #2
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Default Re: Will Ben be playing this weekend?

If I'm the Steelers, I make it a "game time decision" just to keep the Dolts guessing...
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I would greatly appreciate info on Ben, I don't get much out here in Dolt land.
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Default Re: Will Ben be playing this weekend?

Mum's been the word ever since he got out of the hospital. All we know is that he's had "a battery of tests" according to MT, but we don't know anything about the results, if/when he plans to practice, anything. I guess we'll have to wait and see, but if he doesn't practice today or tomorrow, then something's up.
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Default Re: Will Ben be playing this weekend?

That's what I'm thinking too. Here's to hope.
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Default Re: Will Ben be playing this weekend?

As I stated before, I don't see any considerable drop off in the offense this year if either Ben or Byron starts so I think they should think long term.
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Default Re: Will Ben be playing this weekend?

If anything I think that hit might have cleared some cobwebs from Ben's already damaged brain.

It's just a bump on the head - he'll be fine.

...and that was Rich Eisen that couldn't wait to bring up Ben's wreck as evidence that we should worry about his head.

They made it sound like he should be retired.

Smack Rich and Mooch both in the face with a bag of nickles, I say.
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Default Re: Will Ben be playing this weekend?

I'm watching PTI and Sports Center ... and they did a clip of a Ben interview.

He said he had just passed a concussion test, and he wants to play this weekend, and thinks the only way he won't play is if Coach says no.
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I'm watching PTI and Sports Center ... and they did a clip of a Ben interview.

He said he had just passed a concussion test, and he wants to play this weekend, and thinks the only way he won't play is if Coach says no.
That explains why things were quiet all last week. He JUST passed the concussion tests, which means last friday he probably still wasnt all together from a neurological perspective.

He WILL play, but I think Coach T will have a quick hook out if things go bad early.
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That explains why things were quiet all last week. He JUST passed the concussion tests, which means last friday he probably still wasnt all together from a neurological perspective..
Or he has been taking tests all week and has passed them ALL, including the latest and the team doctors are happy where he was with the baseline tests and he was just getting some extra rest since they didn't practice for real until today.

You're worse than Rich Eisen.

The medical staff has cleared him to practice and play, and that's all that really matters and all anyone needs to hear.

I just watched Hines say he's good as new.

Go Ben!
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