Titans' DE Ball briefly pondered retirement

Tennessee Titans defensive end Dave Ball said he briefly considered retirement after suffering his third concussion in the past two seasons.

Ball suffered his latest concussion against Cincinnati two weeks ago and has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Atlanta, even though he returned to practice on Friday.

“I thought of that, but I'm not at that point yet. It would take a couple of more hard knocks before they can knock D. Ball out of there, right?” said Ball, who often displays a quirky sense of humor in even the most serious matters.

Ball said he has consulted with doctors about his condition and has been assured that once his brain has time to "reboot" that he would be fine to resume is playing career.

“I talked to Dr. Gary Solomon at Vanderbilt, and his thoughts were that once your brain has time to reboot after a concussion with no symptoms, and you can run around and there's no symptoms and you can take the impact concussion test on the computer and you're basically at your baseline, he said your brain has rebooted, and you're cool to go out there again,” Ball said via TitanInsider.com.

Still, Ball said he worries about such things, and with good reason, given so many horror stories of NFL players and the after-effects of concussions years after their careers have ended.

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