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Concerned with long-term damage from head injuries, Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel retires

Concerned with long-term damage from head injuries, Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel retires

John Urschel, a Ravens player known as much for his mathematical ability as his football skills, on Thursday joined a list of young NFL players who have retired from the game because of concerns about long-term damage from head injuries.

Although Urschel, 26, hasn’t commented on his reason for walking away from the game, team sources indicated his decision was related to the release of a study this week on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a debilitating brain disease. The study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed the existence of CTE in the brains of 110 of 111 deceased former NFL players who donated their brains to research.

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