Roethlisberger wanted to return last week

Pittsburgh Post Gazette - [Full Article]

Ben Roethlisberger went through a second full practice yesterday after he left the game Sunday in Kansas City in overtime with a concussion. Since then, he said he passed every test given to him.

"The doctors have all taken about a thousand tests, and I passed them all with flying colors, so that's the good news," said Roethlisberger, who added he thinks the tests are done, but "if they tell me we need another one, just to keep doing it, I'll keep doing it."

Roethlisberger said he wanted to go back into the game in Kansas City if it had been extended, but "I don't know if I would have been allowed."

He remembers the hit and what he was trying to do when he scrambled for yards, hit the ground and took a knee to the head from Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson.

"I was trying to actually get down and his knee -- I think he even kind of got hurt on the play as well," Roethlisberger said. "No question, it was not dirty at all.

"It just felt like I got hit pretty hard, and I just kind of said, 'Let me catch my breath real quick,' and by that time the trainers were out there and I didn't have a chance to get up."

Roethlisberger said hits like that are part of playing his position, and he has other bumps and bruises on his body that are not talked about as often.

"It's part of the nature of the beast playing this game. It's a violent, physical, contact sport that you know there's a chance you're going to get hit and dinged," he said.

"It comes with it. I'm not worried because we have the best doctors ... . If they give me clearance, they're the professionals. They're the ones who know. If I can go out and pass thousands of these tests and show that I'm fine, I'm not worried about it."

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