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Ex-Chief's body exhumed; brain to be examined

The body of former Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who killed his girlfriend and himself Dec. 1, 2012, has been exhumed so it can be examined for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the Kansas City Star reported Saturday.

Belcher's family allowed the body to be retrieved from a cemetery near Long Island, N.Y., on Friday only for the exam. It did not give permission for the brain to be donated to research.

CTE is a brain disease linked to multiple concussions and was a focal point of a lawsuit filed by former players against the NFL. Symptoms include memory problems, behavior changes (including aggression) and dementia.

Belcher's body being buried for more than a year could complicate matters. But Bennet Omalu, an expert on CTE, said findings remain possible. He said he has found evidence of Alzheimer's and other brain diseases in bodies buried longer than Belcher's.

More Chiefs: Punt returner and receiver Dexter McCluster, a Largo High grad, was ruled out for today because of an infected cut on his ankle. But tests for MRSA came back negative.

Panthers: Starting defensive end Charles Johnson was added to the injury report (questionable) because of the flu.

Redskins: Ex-Florida tight end Jordan Reed will miss his fourth game because of a concussion.

Ex-Chief's body exhumed; brain to be examined 12/14/13 [Last modified: Saturday, December 14, 2013 8:08pm]
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