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From NBC Sports:
On the front page of Friday's USA Today (yes, I go to the local market every morning to get a newspaper . . . on horseback) appears a story that could be very good news for football players.

And very bad news for the sport.

The Army has discovered a blood test that reveals mild traumatic brain injury or concussion, via the presence of "unique proteins that spill into the blood stream from damaged brain cells."

"This is huge," Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the Army vice chief of staff, told Gregg (hey, there's another 3G out there) Zoroya of USA Today.

And indeed it is. If the test works, blood tests can be used to conclusively diagnose players who have had concussions -- at every level of the sport.

Here's the bad news. The test possibly could demonstrate a degree of mild brain injury that will cause parents throughout the country to prohibit their children from playing, cutting off the future supply of potential NFL players.
Not sure that maternal concern over concussions/brain injuries in their sons equates with worry over not having enough future players for the NFL, but that's a debate for another time (and with people more into football than I am).

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