Doctors weigh in on Roethlisberger's absence

Pittsburgh Tribune Review - [Full Article]

Count a former Steelers team physician and one of the country's top neurosurgeons as not being surprised that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger developed some delayed symptoms from a concussion he sustained last week.

Dr. Julian E. Bailes said Monday it is not unusual for a person to develop symptoms for a concussion days after the injury occurred. Bailes is a professor and chairman of the West Virginia University School of Medicine who recently testified before a House Judiciary Committee on the protection and care for traumatic brain injuries in football.

"They can develop symptoms later — particularly headaches, memory problems, other issues — so delayed or later development of symptoms is not unusual as apparently what happened to Ben Roethlisberger this past weekend," said Bailes, the Steelers' neurosurgeon throughout the 1990s.

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