NFL Brain Injuries

December 31, 2011 by staff 

NFL Brain InjuriesNFL Brain Injuries, Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew wonders how much of the NFL’s concern about preventing and properly treating concussions has to do with lawsuits brought by former players against the league and its teams.

The NFL’s leading rusher spoke out about the issue again Wednesday, nearly a week after saying he would hide a possible head injury so he could stay in a game.

“I’ve had concussions before, and it wasn’t this big deal about concussions,” Jones-Drew said. “The only reason they’re making a big deal about concussions right now is because the league is getting sued over it. Before this, you never heard about it.”

At least eight lawsuits have been filed in recent months against the NFL by dozens of retired players who say they have medical problems related to brain injuries from their time in professional football.

Briefly: In a scoring change, the third of Tim Tebow’s four interceptions in the Broncos’ 40-14 loss to the Bills on Saturday is being ruled a lost fumble. … Linebacker Jason Taylor says he’ll retire after this season, his 15th in the NFL and his 13th with the Miami Dolphins. … Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith said Ndamukong Suh called him to apologize a few days after the Lions defensive lineman stomped on his arm Thanksgiving Day.

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