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Lawyer: Hernandez had 'severe' CTE case

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BOSTON (AP) Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, researchers said on Thursday. His lawyer announced a lawsuit against the NFL and the team for hiding the true dangers of the sport.

Dr. Ann McKee, the director of the CTE Center at Boston University, said Hernandez had Stage 3 (out of 4) of the disease, which can cause violent mood swings, depression and other cognitive disorders .

"We're told it was the most severe case they had ever seen for someone of Aaron's age," attorney Jose Baez said.

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49ers S Tartt, Ward active vs. Rams

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Safeties Jaquiski Tartt and Jimmie Ward are active for the San Francisco 49ers despite being listed as questionable on the injury report.

Tartt is dealing with a neck injury and Ward has been bothered by a hamstring injury, but both will play against the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night. Starting strong safety Eric Reid is out with a knee injury.

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Packers LB Perry to have hand surgery

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The banged-up Green Bay Packers have lost another key player to injury with outside linebacker Nick Perry scheduled to have hand surgery.

Coach Mike McCarthy said he doesn't know how much time Perry will miss. He was off to a good start as the bookend to fellow edge rusher Clay Matthews with 1+ sacks.

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Players ask Goodell to support activism

A group of current and former NFL players has asked Commissioner Roger Goodell for the league's support for their campaign for racial equality and criminal justice reform.

Yahoo Sports is reporting the players sent a 10-page memo to Goodell and NFL executive Troy Vincent in August asking for money, political involvement and other commitments from the league. It also asked the NFL to recognize the month of November as activism awareness month.

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Newton limited, expects to face Saints

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Cam Newton was limited to mostly light throwing during practice as the Panthers continue preparations for their game Sunday against the Saints.

Newton is expected to start.

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Jets' Leonard Williams bothered by wrist

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Big Cat is a bit banged up for the New York Jets.

Defensive lineman Leonard Williams was limited at practice Thursday with a wrist injury that he says is a bone bruise.

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Broncos' Miller still baffled by low hit

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Von Miller says he's baffled by Cowboys wide receiver Noah Brown's low hit on him Sunday.

The Broncos linebacker pushed through Brown's block on the game's second snap and Brown got up and dived at Miller's knees as Denver's star chased down Ezekiel Elliott on a hand-off from Dak Prescott.

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Broncos T Bolles back at practice

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) With Jamaal Charles barreling toward the end zone, Broncos left tackle Garett Bolles felt someone kick his left leg, sending a searing jolt through his body and a sense of foreboding into his heart.

Was his rookie season really over already?

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Redskins ready to play through injuries

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Across the locker room from where Montae Nicholson slowly took off his hoodie, Jordan Reed deliberately lifted the shoulder pads over his head to avoid more pain.

It's only Week 3, and the Washington Redskins are hurting as they prepare to face the Oakland Raiders on Sunday night.

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Actor, ex-NFL player Casey dies at 78

LOS ANGELES (AP) Bernie Casey, a professional football player turned poet, painter and actor known for parts in films such as "Revenge of the Nerds" and "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka," has died. He was 78.

Casey died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a brief illness, his talent agent Erin Connor said.

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