On March 15th, Jeff Miller, the NFL’s senior vice president for health and safety, acknowledged that there is, in fact, a link between football-related head injuries and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. This is the first admission of the correlation by the organization after years of disputing evidence that connected the two.
The comments were made by Miller on Capitol Hill during a round-table discussion about concussions and the debilitating brain disease they are thought to cause. During this meeting, Representative Jan Schakowsky asked if “there is a link between football and degenerative brain disorders like C.T.E.” Miller’s reply was brief but groundbreaking: “The answer to that is certainly, yes.”
This acknowledgement could potentially affect a proposed $1 billion concussion settlement between the league and former players.
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