Grants to include studies on ex-players

NEW YORK -- The NFL's charitable foundation is awarding $1.5 million in grants to support medical research on subjects such as artery blockage in retired players, stem cell usage for tendon repair and heat stress risks.

The league announced Tuesday that 11 organizations will receive grants.

None of this year's recipients plan studies on concussions. Joe Browne, the NFL's executive vice president of communications and public affairs, notes that the league office and NFL Charities have combined to fund more than $5 million in ongoing research on brain injuries in the last decade.

More than 75 requests for grants were made this year. A four-member panel of medical experts makes recommendations to the NFL Charities board.