Former OSU Running Back Beanie Wells Is Undergoing Treatment For Brain Trauma

Former OSU Running Back Chris “Beanie” Wells shared with fans that he is undergoing treatment for issues stemming from traumatic brain injuries.

Wells opened up about his medical issues during an interview on 97.1 The Fan on Monday afternoon. Beanie’s fans had been missing his presence on the radio show and Wells decided that he wanted to let people know what was going on.

“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.

Wells, 29, was experiencing headaches, forgetting things, and having issues with his speech. After noticing these issues, he knew he needed to take action. “I went in for the MRI and the brain has plaque,” explained Wells. “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.”

For the past six months, Wells had been having problems picking out his words and was pausing longer than normal in conversation, searching for words he couldn’t seem to find.

Traumatic brain injuries have plagued football players for years, but they’ve only recently been explored by doctors and players.

Wells stated that he is hoping to be on The Tim & Beanie Show once a week, but for now, his health is taking priority.

“I had to step away for a little bit and go out and get that addressed, and I’m still not out of the woods yet, but it’s coming. I’m hopeful. I’m here right now and I’m excited to be here,” said Wells.

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