Junior Seau's Brain to Be Checked for Damage

Brain injuries associated with other players' early deaths
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2012 10:32 AM CDT
Junior Seau's Brain to Be Checked for Damage
Well-wishers pay their respects at a makeshift memorial outside of Junior Seau's beach home on May 3, 2012 in Oceanside, Calif.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Doctors will inspect Junior Seau's brain for any evidence of injury from his football days, following an agreement with his family. Several early deaths among football players have pointed to brain injury, the Los Angeles Times notes. "The family was considering this almost from the beginning, but they didn't want to make any emotional decisions," says the San Diego Chargers chaplain. Finally, "they came to a joint decision that absolutely this was the best thing."

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Though the public wasn't aware Seau had had any concussions, his ex-wife said he had. "He always bounced back and kept on playing," she says. (Read more brain damage stories.)

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