Ben Roethlisberger added another milestone to his Hall of Fame career.
A 3-yard completion to tight end Jesse James in the second quarter of Thursday’s 40-17 win over the Titans gave the Steelers quarterback 4,000 completions for his career. Roethlisberger is the ninth quarterback in NFL history with at least 4,000 completions.
The Steelers selected Roethlisberger with the 11th overall pick of the 2004 NFL Draft. The former Miami University quarterback was the Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2004 and has won a pair of Super Bowls while leading the Steelers to another title game. The five-time Pro Bowler has thrown for 49,411 yards and 317 touchdowns with 170 interceptions. He’s also rushed for another 1,209 yards and 16 scores over his 14-year career.
Roethlisberger, Giants quarterback Eli Manning (4,287 completions), the top pick in the 2004 draft, and Rivers (4,005 completions), fourth overall in 2004, are the only quarterback trio from the same draft class with 4,000 career completions.
NFL concussion policy requires a player to be cleared by a team physician and an independent neurological consultant before returning to a game or practice if there’s any sign of concussion symptoms.
The Seahawks eventually punted on the drive and Wilson spent time under an examination tent meant for concussion testing before playing the next series.
The Seahawks are subject to league discipline if the concussion protocol isn’t followed properly.
Wilson told reporters after the game he was fine after the hit and only stayed on the ground because he thought his jaw might be stuck.
“I think I was kind of like laying down on the ground for a second just trying to get my jaw,” Wilson said, “and I think Walt thought maybe I was injured or something like that. I told him I was good, I was good, and he said, ‘Come off the field.’