Former Ohio State running back Beanie Wells disclosed Monday that he has been dealing with the effects of a traumatic brain injury. Wells has missed time lately from his job co-hosting the Tim & Beanie radio show on 97.1 The Fan in Columbus.
Wells, a star at Ohio State from 2006-09, discussed the prognosis and his absence from the show.
“I went for a scan, I went for an MRI scan of my head and I saw some things on there that quite didn’t look right, and I also had some symptoms that led to me going in for that scan,” Wells said. “I was getting headaches, my speech was getting a little bit indifferent and also I was forgetting the littlest things. I went in for the MRI and the brain has plaque. I have some plaque separation, and when you have that plaque separation, it shows that you’ve experienced some sort of traumatic brain injury. Obviously that traumatic brain injury for me comes from playing football.
“…I wanted to be back to my normal self, so I had to step away for a little bit and go out and get that addressed. Still not out of the woods yet, but it’s coming. I’m hopeful.”
Wells was a first-round pick in the 2009 draft, and he went on to have a four-year career in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals.
He noted Monday that he would try to appear on the show once a week as he continues treatment. Here are Wells’ full comments: