Welcome to Meat Sack, a guide to sports-related body horror. Today’s column is about brain injuries.
During last night’s game against the Cardinals, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson took a direct shot to the jaw that left most reasonable observers thinking he would need to be evaluated for a brain injury:
Ovince St. Preux kayo’d Corey Anderson in a prelim for tonight’s big UFC event in New York, leaving Anderson looking... not great.
Kiko Alonso drilled Joe Flacco in the head as the Ravens quarterback attempted to slide late in the first half tonight in Baltimore, sending Flacco to the locker room and drawing face-to-face anger from Ravens head coach John Harbaugh.
Notre Dame’s playing Miami U. tonight, for some reason, and the Fighting Irish found themselves without running back Tony Jones after he took a blow to the head that left gold pieces flying in every direction. Completely healthy, surely.
Boston University’s CTE Center released a study yesterday detailing research on a protein found in spinal fluid that, they say, “may be a novel target for future CTE biomarker studies” that could eventually be part of a panel of tests to identify chronic traumatic encephalopathy—the pathology at the center of…
As the NFL’s estimated $1 billion concussion settlement winds its way through the process of getting the money into the hands of the former players it’s supposed to compensate, lawyers for some of those retired players told a federal judge this week about how predatory lenders and advisers have fronted money to…
A really scary moment happened in the second quarter of the Broncos-Cowboys game, when Denver’s Bennie Fowler landed hard on the ground while trying to catch a touchdown. As Fowler tried to get back up, he stumbled multiple times before finally being helped off.
Kickoffs remain football’s most dangerous play, and today’s UCLA-Memphis game ground to a halt after backup Tigers linebacker JJ Russell appeared to lose consciousness following a crushing blow delivered by an opposing blocker on a kickoff late in the first half.
The Los Angeles Times published a pretty tragic profile of LenDale White, catching up with everything that’s happened to the former USC star running back since he left college.
In May, supermodel Gisele Bündchen said in an interview that her husband, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, “does have concussions.” This spurred a joint investigation by the NFL and NFLPA, which has unsurprisingly come to the conclusion that Tom Brady is just fine.
The Jets held a forum at training camp today in which a group of about 150 fans got to ask questions of players. Things got a little uneasy when the topic turned to head trauma, and safety Jamal Adams, the Jets’ first-round pick this year, said if he had to pick a place to die it would be on a football field.
The NFL has given the National Institutes of Health less than half of the $30 million they promised for concussion research five years ago, and after repeatedly trying to influence how their “unrestricted gift” was used, the league is letting their agreement expire with no plans to finish paying up.
With little more than a month remaining in a five-year agreement to pay for concussion research, the NFL still owes the National Institutes of Health $18 million—more than half of the $30 million that the league agreed to provide for the study back in 2012. Today, a group of Democratic members of the House Committee…
The NFL has “taken advantage” of players by failing to be transparent about the risks of brain injury, Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis said today.
After suffering two concussions in a five-week span, Chicago Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd had his rookie season cut short last year—with effects that have lingered well into the offseason, he says.
Serbian Bojan Velickovic took a third-round win by TKO when his counterpunch left Sweden’s Nico Musoke so brain-scrambled that he stumbled around the ring for several moments at today’s UFC event in Stockholm. (Velickovic later landed a punch straight to Musoke’s forehead before referee Kevin Sataki got around to…
Today’s English rugby league championship match between Oldham Roughyeds and Rochdale Hornets ended in fisticuffs sparked by a head injury to Rochdale’s Danny Yates—a blow levied by his own teammate’s elbow, left a visible hematoma on Yates’s skull, but one that didn’t keep the scrum-half from entering the fray itself…
Gisele Bündchen’s admission that her husband, Tom Brady, “does have concussions” cuts right to the NFL’s biggest problem with head trauma: There is no way to protect the players.
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen, who is married to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, sat down for an interview with Charlie Rose on CBS This Morning. At one point, Rose asked Bundchen if she wants Brady to retire from football, and she told Rose that she does worry about Brady because of all the concussions he’s had.