Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton missed the Redskins game in New England, suffering from cluster headaches. Knighton talked about the pain from the headaches, which sounds incredibly severe.
"On a scale of one to 10, the pain is a 50," Knighton said in an ESPN piece from John Keim. "If people research it, they see it’s probably the worst pain you can get."
Knighton explained that he has suffered from the headaches for years, dating back to his high school days in Connecticut. The decision to skip the Patriots game came as a result of knowing how severe the pain can be from the headaches, and not wanting to be in transit to New England should another episode occur after a particularly debilitating set last week.
Unfortunately, it seems there is little treatment available for Knighton when he suffers the headaches. Often, when the symptoms kick up, Knighton says he must go to a dark room and curl into the fetal position.
The Redskins struggled in New England without Knighton, but considering the defense had struggled for three straight games prior to the Patriots, there is little evidence to suggest Knighton would have been the catalyst to beating Tom Brady's team.
Regardless of Sunday's outcome, the intense pain described by Knighton makes it obvious that travel or playing in a football game would not be possible while suffering with cluster headaches. Interested readers should check out the full article, it's highly informative.