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Study: CTE in 99 percent of ex-NFLers

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CHICAGO (AP) Research on 202 former football players found evidence of a brain disease linked to repeated head blows in nearly all of them, from athletes in the National Football League, college and even high school.

It's the largest update on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a debilitating brain disease that can cause a range of symptoms including memory loss.

The report doesn't confirm that the condition is common in all football players; it reflects high occurrence in samples at a Boston brain bank that studies CTE. Many donors or their families contributed because of the players' repeated concussions and troubling symptoms before they died.


Olsen at Panthers camp, won't hold out

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Panthers star tight end Greg Olsen chose team over himself.

Olsen reported to training camp on time Tuesday, saying he didn't want to hold out and be a distraction to an organization aiming to win its first Super Bowl.


Panthers' Newton lighter, ready to throw

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Cam Newton is ready to roll at training camp.

Coach Ron Rivera said he's excited to see a lighter, more confident Newton test his surgically repaired throwing arm when the Panthers take the field Wednesday night for practice.


Cowboys give OL Collins 2 years, $17.4M

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman La'el Collins has signed a two-year contract extension worth up to $17.4 million, earning a payday that eluded him when a police investigation kept him from getting drafted two years ago.

Collins, who will get $9.5 million in guaranteed money, was considered a first-round talent out of LSU in 2015 but wasn't selected after his name surfaced in the probe of a woman's death just before the NFL draft. He was soon cleared, and chose the Cowboys in free agency on a fully guaranteed $1.5 million, three-year deal.


Broncos re-hire Kubiak for scouting post

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Gary Kubiak's separation from the NFL is over.

Kubiak is returning to the Denver Broncos in a scouting capacity seven months after stepping down as their head coach over health concerns .


Charges dropped against ex-Cowboys WR

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Former Dallas Cowboys receiver Lucky Whitehead's identity was falsely used in a shoplifting arrest, police in his home state of Virginia said Tuesday.

Prince William County police said they were confident the man charged in a case involving $40 worth of stolen food and drink from a convenience store in June wasn't Whitehead. The Cowboys released him Monday after reports that he was arrested and subsequently cited for missing a court hearing.


Saints could cut Ellerbe once foot heals

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints have placed injury-plagued linebacker Dannell Ellerbe on injured reserve in a move that appears to forecast the end of the club's relationship with the veteran defender.

Ellerbe initially was set to open training camp on the physically unable to perform list, but his move to injured reserve means he won't play for the Saints this season. The NFL Network has reported Ellerbe is expected to be released once his foot injury heals so he may sign with another club.


WR Hawkins retires, to donate brain

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Receiver Andrew Hawkins says he is retiring from the NFL and donating his brain to research.

The six-year NFL veteran signed with the New England Patriots in May as a free agent. But he said in a video on that his body isn't responding as he prepared for training camp.


Jaguars make Linder highest-paid center

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have made Brandon Linder one of the NFL's highest-paid centers.

Linder signed a five-year contract extension worth a little more than $50 million Tuesday, according to a person familiar with negotiations. The deal came on the eve of the Jaguars reporting for training camp.


Cowboys CB Lewis acquitted of assault

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) A jury has acquitted Dallas Cowboy rookie cornerback Jourdan Lewis of domestic assault.

The panel deliberated for slightly more than an hour Tuesday before finding the former Michigan star not guilty.

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