On one level, the NFL has to know it found a silver lining in Tom Brady and Ray Rice. In timely fashion, they deflected attention from the league's potentially devastating long-range problem. Concussions.
Deflated footballs got more attention than damaged brains. That's because deflated footballs are easy to understand and cause only a temporary kerfuffle.
FOR THE RECORD:
NFL: In a column in the Sept. 22 Sports section about the problem of concussions in the NFL, a production error caused the last name of Dr. Ann McKee to be misspelled as McFee. —
And expect Rice to return to the NFL fairly soon. All we...