Penn's Owen Thomas had CTE

Updated: September 14, 2010, 11:08 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

PHILADELPHIA -- A detailed examination of the brain of a Penn football player who committed suicide showed he had the same disease caused by hard hits that has been associated with NFL players.

The New York Times first reported Monday that Owen Thomas was in the early stages of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a disease that has been linked to depression and impulse control, primarily among NFL players.

A former Penn captain, the 21-year-old Thomas was found dead in April ...

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