Report says 87 deceased NFL players test positive for brain disease

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BOSTON — Eighty-seven of 91 former NFL players who donated their brains to science after death tested positive for a brain disease that is believed to be linked with repeated head trauma and concussions, researchers said.

The former players were found to have had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, known as CTE, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University.

It’s not clear why some players develop the disease and others don’t.

The data was published on the website for the Concussion Legacy Foundation and first reported by the documentary TV program “Frontline.”