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NFL responds to Duerson findings

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As expected, the brain of former Bears safety Dave Duerson was determined to contain evidence of Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy.

The NFL has responded to the news.

“We once again express our deepest sympathy to the Duerson family,” the league said in a statement.  “Dave Duerson was an outstanding player, but an even better person, including being recognized in 1987 as the NFL Man of the Year (now the Walter Payton Award) for his significant contributions to community service.  We hope these findings will contribute more to the understanding of CTE.

“Our Head, Neck and Spine Medical Committee will study today’s findings, and as a league we will continue to support the work of the scientists at the Boston University Center and elsewhere to address this issue in a forthright and effective way.  We also will continue to ensure that concussions are properly treated in the NFL, expand the help we are providing to our retired players, further evaluate playing rule and policy changes to reduce and prevent unnecessary contact with the head, and advocate for the passage of Lystedt laws in all states to better protect young athletes in that suffer concussions in any sport.”

A total of 16 states and counting have enacted a version of the Lystedt Law, which requires medical clearance of participants in youth sports who have suffered concussions before they can return to practice or competition.  First adopted in Washington, similar laws have been passed in Oregon, Virginia, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Mexico, Oklahoma, New Jersey, Utah, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Colorado, and Arizona. In three other states — Arkansas, Indiana, and Maryland — legislation is expected to be signed into law soon.

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  1. citizenstrange says: May 2, 2011 2:28 PM

    And Roger Goodell added “This all could have been avoided if only we had 18 game seasons back then. It’s what the fans want.”

  2. ndallasruss says: May 2, 2011 3:14 PM

    It’s ironic that the greatest “irreparable harm” comes from the players choosing to play a collision sport, rather than from the NFL preventing them from playing.

  3. KIR says: May 2, 2011 3:48 PM

    Expected high probability of brain damage, broken bones and lower life expectancy is no reason for these selfish players to want to be an equal partner with the owners! Selfish crybabies!

  4. hobartbaker says: May 2, 2011 3:52 PM

    Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy was a contributing factor, but Chronic Failed Business Endeavors, Chronic Missed Debt Payments, and Chronic Harrassing Calls and Letters likely led to the premature death of Duerson.

  5. wiley16350 says: May 2, 2011 4:03 PM

    This is why Roger Goodell made helmet to helmet hits such an important issue during the season. This is why I had no problem with him doing that. And why other people need to stop criticizing him for policing those type of hits. And I believe the 18 games was/is a negotiating tactic. Saying the teams need to find ways to bring up the profit line. So either the players accept 18 games or the players give back money. It’s as simple as that. The owners don’t have to have 18 games, they need to find a way to get extra money. So if the players don’t want 18 games, then they have to come down in money.

  6. pixelito says: May 2, 2011 4:16 PM

    Expected high probability of brain damage, broken bones and lower life expectancy is no reason for these selfish players to want to be an equal partner with the owners! Selfish crybabies!
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    Not the smartest person, are you?

  7. thefiesty1 says: May 2, 2011 4:55 PM

    Oh boy! Another study. Review the findings, Bull. Just fix the problem. Technology is unbelievable. It’s NOt rocket science.

  8. pu74y says: May 2, 2011 5:07 PM

    Everyone dies, It is very sad that playing football causes these damages to your health, but if it is what you love to do then do it

  9. rogerfromoz says: May 2, 2011 6:23 PM

    I think Roger should play a 2 game season with the Giants and see if he still thinks the medical doctors are wrong when they say that getting hit in the head by a hammer repeatedly causes CTE.

  10. macbull says: May 2, 2011 8:01 PM

    Dave Duerson did not have to suffer the traumatic injuries that ultimately lead to his taking his own life.

    In 1967, Willie Lanier, the Chiefs LB, suffered a “very serious” concussion that could have cut short his career. A Kansas City Chief’s trainer devised a special helmet for Lanier, adding a layer of padding to outside of his helmet…Lanier’s career was extended another 10 years with multiple Pro Bowl appearances and Lanier is now a Hall of Fame member.

    In 1992, Mark Kelso, Buffalo Bills Safety, suffered two serious concussions and was advised to give up football. A Bills trainer added a layer of padding to Kelso’s helmet…he played another 5 seasons, nearly 100 games…prolonging his career and saving his brain from further damage due to NFL concussions.

    Roger Goodell…it is “criminal” that the NFL has not pursued and made mandatory, helmets padded on the outside.

    Fix the helmets, Roger…the NFL already knows it works…stop playing dangerous games with NFL players brains…add the padding to the outside of players helmets…it is that simple !

    Dave Duerson did not have to die !

  11. kernelreefer says: May 2, 2011 8:10 PM

    I don’t agree with Gregg Easterbrook often, but if the NFL legislates or even just endorses specific helmets that reduce the likelihood of concussion, much of this could be avoided.

    I agree with Easterbrook that this would not be grounds for a feasible liability lawsuit.

  12. axespray says: May 3, 2011 10:30 AM

    and yet pittsburgh fans will still critize goodell for issuing fines for james “headbang” harrison.

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