According to the Boston Globe, former Patriots running back Kevin Turner, previously believed to have died of ALS in March of 2016, in fact had CTE.
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative disease, is commonly associated with repeated blows to the head and has become an increasingly prominent story in the NFL. According to the Globe, Turner’s CTE caused a motor neuron disease, which would seemingly explain the misdiagnosis of ALS, another motor neuron disease. Turner was 46 when he died.
“This is not ALS; this is CTE,” the Globe quotes Dr. Ann McKee, director of BU’s CTE Center, as saying at a news conference.
The piece also names former Boston College linebacker Ron Perryman as having been misdiagnosed with ALS when he too had CTE. Perryman died in 2011 at 42 years of age. The Globe report says Perryman developed a motor neuron disease similar to Turner’s.
BU’s CTE center has reportedly diagnosed CTE in 91 former players who have died, with McKee saying 17 players believed to have died of ALS actually died of CTE.
Raymond Turner, the father of Kevin Turner, voiced his issues with the NFL not protecting its players well enough.
“It’s a big-money thing, I realize that,’’ he said. “But they can make it safer.’’
Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.
Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.
The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.
More to come...
Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment.
Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".
Click here to listen and see how he did.