WASHINGTON — NFL executive Jeff Miller acknowledged a link between football-related head trauma and the brain disease CTE, the first admission by a league official that there is such a relationship.
Appearing before a congressional committee Monday, Miller, the NFL's senior vice president for health and safety, was asked about a connection between hits in football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. His answer was "certainly yes." The NFL had not previously linked playing football to CTE directly.
Miller appeared at a roundtable discussion of concussions before the House Committee on Energy & Commerce and cited the work of Boston University neuropathologist Dr. Ann McKee. She has found CTE in the brains of 90 former pro players.
CTE can only be detected after death. Among the players found to have CTE in their brains was Hall of Famer Junior Seau.
ESPN first reported the story.
Steelers WR Bryant suspended for 2016
PITTSBURGH — Martavis Bryant's blossoming career took another significant hit when the league suspended the talented but troubled wide receiver for at least one year following another violation of the league's substance abuse policy.
This is the second league discipline for Bryant, 24, who sat out the first four games last season.
General manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement the team was "disappointed" in Bryant, adding he is at a "crossroads" in his professional life.
Bryant has two years left on the deal he signed after Pittsburgh drafted him 118th overall in 2014.
Bears: The team retained two tight ends, with a two-year contract for Zach Miller and one year for Rob Housler.
Cardinals: They agreed to terms on a one-year deal with tight end Jermaine Gresham and re-signed defensive tackle Red Bryant for a year.
49ers: Kicker Phil Dawson signed a one-year contract to remain for his 18th NFL season.
Lions: Free agent tight end Tim Wright, a former Buc, re-signed.
Packers: Nose tackle B.J. Raji said he'll take a "hiatus" from playing in 2016. The seven-year veteran became a free agent after a season in which he had 22 tackles.
Ravens: Former Chargers safety Eric Weddle agreed to terms on a four-year contract.
Vikings: Two-time Pro Bowl safety Michael Griffin, who played his first nine seasons with the Titans, signed after agreeing to terms last week.