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Mixed messages on brain injuries

Updated: November 16, 2012, 3:33 PM ET
By Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada | ESPN.com

The NFL's retirement board awarded disability payments to at least three former players after concluding that football caused their crippling brain injuries -- even as the league's top medical experts for years consistently denied any link between the sport and long-term brain damage.

The board paid at least $2 million in disability benefits to the players in the late 1990s and 2000s, documents obtained in a joint investigation by ESPN's "Outside the Lines" and PBS' "Frontline" show. The ...

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