Scientists are nervous about scaring the NFL about CTE

In April, a posthumous analysis of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez showed that he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy(CTE), a severe, long-term neurological condition believed to result from traumatic brain injury (TBI), before he died by suicide. His was just one of many ex-NFL brains that have been shown to have CTE. While it’s no secret that the NFL is essentially in the business of TBI, the exact link between those injuries and CTE has never been identified. Without that link, the NFL remains largely in the clear.

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