The Grey Cup is haunted by head injuries. It doesn’t have to be.

When the Toronto Argonauts and Calgary Stampeders square off in Ottawa for the 105th Grey Cup on Sunday, it will be under dark clouds — not necessarily of weather, but rather the risk of concussions and their devastating long-term effect on players’ brains.

A growing body of evidence — including groundbreaking research examining the brains of living former Canadian Football League football players — suggests that the way the sport is played and the subsequent health of athletes are grave and connected problems.

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