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NFL official acknowledges football's link to brain disease




Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater lies unconscious after sustaining a particularly nasty hit to the head during a game against the St. Louis Rams in 2015. The NFL reports there were 271 diagnosed concussions last year.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater lies unconscious after sustaining a particularly nasty hit to the head during a game against the St. Louis Rams in 2015. The NFL reports there were 271 diagnosed concussions last year.
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After years of denial, an NFL senior official confirmed that there is a connection between playing football and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy. 

Jeff Miller, the NFL's senior vice president of health and safety policy, made the statement at a roundtable discussion on concussions yesterday.

After months of the league denying any correlation between football and CTE, this admission could mean some big changes for players and concussion-related lawsuits in place against the league.

For more, Take Two's A Martinez spoke with A.J. Perez. He writes on sports news for USA Today.