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What Chris Henry's Brain Is Telling Us About NFL

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It's tricky to interpret a piece of alarming news without being an alarmist. The news Monday from inside the late Chris Henry's brain is certainly alarming. It's so alarming, in fact, that it's tempting to become an alarmist.

This is rapidly shaping up as a public health crisis among a decent-sized segment of the population, and Henry is now its seminal figure. Here's why: The Henry findings indicate the crisis extends not only to longtime NFL players but to an unimaginable amount of young men as well. If a 26-year-old wide receiver can show widespread evidence of collision-related brain damage, then every wild-eyed high school linebacker who throws his body all over the field for four years could be at risk. Every undersized Division II and Division III lineman who...

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