| Nov 23, 2012
| 4:15 PM
An initial response to Ed Reed's one-game suspension this week was a shrug. It didn't really matter, anyway. His Baltimore Ravens are playing the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
It got sillier as other reactions poured in.
Baltimore Sun columnist Mike...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 6:12 PM
Without hesitation or apology Thursday at Halas Hall, Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher admitted again that he would lie about having a concussion to stay in a game.
The irony was you admired Urlacher's honesty. In the midst of Chicago's weeklong...
| Nov 13, 2012
| 6:23 PM
What happened to Daniel Brett is the worst-case scenario.
After constant, excruciating headaches that stemmed from multiple concussions and months of unsuccessful treatment, the 16-year-old chose suicide as the way to free himself from the pain.
| Sep 27, 2012
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At some point your mom or dad probably said, “It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.” Ralphie from “A Christmas Story” knows what I’m talking about.
Many people participating in activities...
| Sep 25, 2012
| 8:11 PM
SOUTH BEND -- Awareness is growing about the long-term danger of concussions and other head injuries, but there is still much that needs to be studied, according to two physicians who regularly treat such cases.
One thing is clear: "Athletes should never...
| Sep 22, 2012
| 8:13 PM
A heroin dealer in upstate New York. A juvenile court judge in Tennessee.
A Stanford grad overseeing $500 million in pension funds for Florida state retirees. A felon who watched his son win the Heisman Trophy from a jailhouse TV.
These are your 1994...
| Sep 7, 2012
| 4:13 PM
As NFL teams start another season, their goal is simple: Win the Super Bowl.
But what about the players' long-term health and welfare?
Jim McMahon won a championship with the Bears. So did Dave Duerson. In fact, Duerson won a second Super Bowl ring with...
| Sep 5, 2012
| 6:51 PM
Just hours before the 2012 NFL season kicked off, a new study suggested that professional football players were three times more likely to have neurodegenerative diseases than the general population.
When researchers specifically looked at Alzheimer's...
| Aug 24, 2012
| 7:00 PM
A foundation named after former Chicago Bear Dave Duerson, who committed suicide last year, donated 80 concussion kits on Friday to football programs at Chicago public high schools.
“It is our hope and duty to contribute to a safer game of football...
| Aug 20, 2012
| 3:45 PM
OCEANSIDE, Calif. -- Former NFL linebacker Junior Seau had no alcohol or illicit drugs in his system when he committed suicide in May.
The toxicology results did show use of the sleep aid zolpidem, which is marketed under the name Ambien.
But, no traces...
| Aug 3, 2012
| 5:00 PM
Are you ready for some football? First, however, are you ready for some autopsies?
The opening of the NFL training camps coincided with the closing of the investigation into the April suicide by gunshot of Ray Easterling, 62, an eight-season NFL safety...