| Nov 7, 2013
| 7:37 PM
A brain-injury claim by former National Football League player Tony Dorsett was thrown out by a California workers' compensation panel just months before he was diagnosed with early signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a debilitating condition...
| Sep 29, 2013
There has been a lot of talk about concussions in sports lately, sometimes in unexpected places.
"It's a tremendous issue and it's gaining traction," says former Bears safety Gary Fencik. "When I go to (Bears) alumni weekend games, no one is talking...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 12:14 PM
A Stanford distance runner became the first active Division I-A athlete to sue the NCAA over concussions Wednesday.
In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Jessica Tonn accused the NCAA of inadequately educating...
| Jan 28, 2012
| 4:04 PM
The question was one Hunter Hillenmeyer didn't want to answer.
It was 2010, and the Bears had just placed him on injured reserve after the third publicly documented concussion of his eight-year career. After meeting with reporters at Halas Hall, he was...
| Feb 11, 2012
| 9:03 PM
On Friday, a mother and her four children will drive to South Bend, Ind., to place flowers by a mausoleum.
They will say a prayer.
They will drive away, break bread, and then they will turn the page.
That is how Alicia Duerson and her children —...
| May 3, 2012
Through her tears, Luisa Seau said that there had been no warning of this. How could her son, Junior, who had so much promise in his life and during a glittery football career, want to kill himself? "I don't understand," she wailed.
But Seau, 43, a...
| Jul 11, 2012
| 2:59 PM
Former Chicago Bears defensive back Shaun Gayle has filed a lawsuit against the National Football League, joining hundreds of former players who say repeated head injuriesthey suffered on the field have produced debilitating health effects.
| May 2, 2011
| 5:54 PM
For the family of Dave Duerson, the announcement Monday that scientists found signs of damage in his brain may shed some light on the Chicago Bears star's erratic behavior.
But for the National Football League, the findings add to questions about whether...
| Apr 22, 2011
To properly know who Ronnie Lott is, and what he has become, it is important to know who he was.
Also, it needs to be established that Lott will be 52 on May 8, which makes him, in the ongoing discussion of the long-term impact of NFL injuries, a...
| May 11, 2011
| 6:31 PM
| May 3, 2011
The chilling news that Chicago Bears star Dave Duerson suffered brain damage from repetitive blows to the head raises an obvious question for parents of young athletes: How can we protect our kids?
One free strategy is to “dramatically reduce the...