Researchers at Boston University have been at the forefront of CTE research in recent years.

Still, for as many hurdles as Gruden will have to overcome to fully deliver on the Raiders’ hopes, this could still be the right move for Davis.

The Raiders are banking on two things from a coach with a career .540 winning percentage. One is that Gruden will maximize Derek Carr’s talent. Carr clearly regressed this season — his statistics in every category that matters were down from a sterling 2016 campaign — a decline hastened in part by injury and by Del Rio’s misguided decision to not bring back Bill Musgrave as the offensive coordinator. Carr was so good in 2016 that the Raiders entered this season as highly publicized Super Bowl contenders. Then they went 6-10. Getting Carr back to that level is right in Gruden’s wheelhouse and could make for a quick turnaround.

The study results released Thursday from Boston Unversity’s CTE Center also showed Hernandez suffered from early brain atrophy and had large perforations in his septum pellucidum, a major membrane in the brain associated with cognitive development.

According to a statement from the CTE Center, a second neuropathologist from VA Boston Healthcare System confirmed the diagnosis.

“Everyone, including and especially his family, is deeply troubled by this whole thing,” Baez told reporters at an afternoon news conference.

In a study published in July, researchers studied the brains of men who played football at all levels and found evidence of CTE in 177 of 202 — 87 percent — of them.

“It’s always been broader than that,” Bennett said. “It’s always been about justice and discrimination in America, police brutality, women’s rights, all these different issues — clean water; Flint, Michigan — issues that are pertaining to America that we all need to pay attention to because it’s not that it happens to one of us that [makes it] important. It’s important every single day regardless of what we’ve got going on.”

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Raiders: Lynch owners have had to tangle with the enigma that he is all season: He’s produced double-digit scoring in just three games and has four games in which he finished with fewer than three points.

Since then, however, Martin’s numbers have been abysmal. He hasn’t reached double digits since Week 6 and seems to be regressing to the point that some pundits are recommending he isn’t worthy of a roster spot. If you are in the hunt for a playoff spot and find yourself relying on Martin, then don’t act surprised when he fails to deliver. The writing has been on the wall for weeks.cowboys_102

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