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Mark Duper latest to test positive for CTE

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08:33 AM ET 11.09 | Mark Duper is the latest ex-NFL star to test positive for signs of CTE-- chronic traumatic encephalopathy--the former Miami Dolphin confirmed to CBS Sports Friday night. The 54-year-old former wideout, a three-time Pro Bowler, underwent a battery of tests for two days at UCLA two weeks ago, which revealed he has some mild cognitive impairment. Duper said he learned of the diagnosis Friday afternoon. "It is what it is," said Duper, who less than two years ago beat kidney cancer. "I'm thinking back on my life and where I am going with this. I have to deal with it and make the best of it. It does make me think of the future and how things are gonna change." Duper is the fourth former NFL star this week to be diagnosed with signs of CTE . On Wednesday, doctors revealed that Pro Football Hall of Famers Tony Dorsett and Joe DeLamielleure, along with former All-Pro defensive lineman Leonard Marshall, have been diagnosed as having signs of CTE, according to an ESPN report. CTE is a condition caused by head trauma, and is linked to dementia and depression.

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November 9, 2013  08:58 AM ET

Shame for the guys who are/will suffer from it. It won't change the streams of guys wanting to be in the NFL spotlight and make the big bucks. Hopefully better technology will keep being developed to protect the head.

My dad died of brain trauma so I can tell you, the brain does not react well to being bashed around in a confined space. It bleeds, swells and parts of it can die off. I've seen the pics. They ain't pretty.

November 9, 2013  09:57 AM ET

My best to Mark but I think the list of those from his era without CTE symptoms will be a lot shorter.

November 9, 2013  10:27 AM ET

This is not good, i hope they find some kind of cure or liveable. Remedy!

November 9, 2013  10:30 AM ET

This is sad, and I understand why the NFL settled.

But how come we've heard nary a word about the helmet manufacturers, specifically Ridell?

November 9, 2013  10:41 AM ET

Equipment is the answer. Smaller shoulder pads and a stronger helmet. Make tackling more an arm exercise than throwing your shoulders and helmet into the body

November 9, 2013  12:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

This is sad, and I understand why the NFL settled.But how come we've heard nary a word about the helmet manufacturers, specifically Ridell?

I read the other day that starting next year, Riddell loses their exclusivity contract.

Curious what the other manufacturers have in mind?

November 9, 2013  06:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I read the other day that starting next year, Riddell loses their exclusivity contract. Curious what the other manufacturers have in mind?

I tend to think you can only protect so much. When your noggin comes to an abrupt stop, your brain is still traveling and only stops when it crashes into the other side of your skull. Manufacturers warranty voided!

 
November 10, 2013  08:28 PM ET

that sucks

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