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Ben Roethlisberger Isn't The Concussion 'Culture Change' The NFL Needs

This week's "The Second Half" podcast talks NFL injuries and player self-diagnosis.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger removed himself from a game on Sunday after self-reporting concussion-like symptoms to the team's coaching staff. On this week's episode of "The Second Half," Huffington Post sports reporter Travis Waldron and NFL veteran Donté Stallworth discuss NFL teams' problems with spotting concussions as they happen -- and why relying on players to report their injuries isn't a viable solution. 

One NFL official hailed Pittsburgh's handling of Roethlisberger and another concussion as a "culture change" moment for the league, but on Tuesday, it became clearer that even the quarterback wasn't sure of the extent of his injury.

Ben Roethlisberger walks off the field after suffering a suspected concussion in Pittsburgh's loss to Seattle on Sunday.
Ben Roethlisberger walks off the field after suffering a suspected concussion in Pittsburgh's loss to Seattle on Sunday.

Sports reporter Jessica Luther also joined this week's podcast to discuss CNN's recent airing of "The Hunting Ground," a documentary about sexual assault on college campuses that centers on the 2013 allegations against former Florida State quarterback and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer Jameis Winston, and what colleges and universities need to do better, both when cases involve athletes and when they don't. 

Plus: Travis and Donté break down whether the 11-0 Carolina Panthers are starting to feel the pressure of an undefeated season, another big weekend ahead in college football, and Kobe Bryant's decision to retire at the end of the season.

This podcast was produced, edited and engineered by Peter James Callahan and Adriana Usero, with assistance from Christine Conetta.

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