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Researchers diagnose Bubba Smith's brain with CTE

Researchers diagnose Bubba Smith's brain with CTE

New research on concussions has found chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the brain of former Baltimore Colts star Bubba Smith, who died in 2011 at age 66.

The research comes from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Boston University and the Concussion Legacy Foundation, which together run the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank. Smith’s is the latest in a line of CTE cases among former NFL players.

Out of 94 former NFL players’ brains the bank has studied since 2008, 90 have shown CTE, according to a news release.

“Prior to his death, Smith was reported to have developed significant cognitive decline, including memory impairment and poor judgment,” the...