NFL

Seau brain tissue released for study

Share This Story

   
 

SAN DIEGO (AP)

Junior Seau's family has donated some of his brain tissue for research amid questions about whether damage from his football career contributed to his decision to commit suicide, officials said Thursday.

JUNIOR SEAU: 1969-2012

Take a look back at the career of the former All-Pro linebacker.

The San Diego County medical examiner's office recently released preserved brain tissue to the National Institutes of Health, coroner's spokeswoman Sarah Gordon said.

''We have no information about the type of study that will be done,'' she said.

The tissue was released at the request of Seau's family, she added. She declined to disclose whether Seau's entire brain was released.

The 43-year-old former NFL linebacker shot himself in the chest at his Oceanside home in May, less than 2 1/2 years after ending his Pro Bowl career.

Seau's death echoed last year's suicide of former Chicago Bears defensive back Dave Duerson. Duerson left a note asking for his brain to be studied for signs of brain trauma. That raised anew questions about whether brain damage from repeated concussions on the field lead to long-term problems such as depression.

To date, however, no link has been found between Seau's death and his football days. Although is death was ruled a suicide, a final autopsy report and results of drug-screening tests are pending.

Tagged: Patriots, Junior Seau

Related Stories


NFL Videos

Best Person in Sports: Keenan Lewis Posted: Jul 15, 2014
Saints CB Keenan Lewis hosts a back-to-school event, giving children medical ser...

NFL Roundtable: New York Jets Posted: Jul 14, 2014
They're a team with plenty to prove and a roster of players primed to get it don...

NFL Roundtable: Detroit Lions Posted: Jul 11, 2014
A team with so many weapons, is this the season that the Lions put together and ...

More Than Sports on MSN

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Nike New York Jets Just Do It T-Shirt - Green - http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_New_York_Jets/browse/featuredproduct/800466/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_800000/ff_800466_xl.jpg&w=100 27.95 Nike New York Jets Just Do It T-Shirt - Green -
    Nike Pittsburgh Steelers Just Do It T-Shirt - Gold http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Pittsburgh_Steelers/browse/featuredproduct/800489/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_800000/ff_800489_xl.jpg&w=100 27.95 Nike Pittsburgh Steelers Just Do It T-Shirt - Gold
    Nike San Francisco 49ers Blockbuster T-Shirt - Scarlet http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_San_Francisco_49ers/browse/featuredproduct/801102/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_801000/ff_801102_xl.jpg&w=100 27.95 Nike San Francisco 49ers Blockbuster T-Shirt - Scarlet
    Nike Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions Game Jersey - Light Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Detroit_Lions/browse/featuredproduct/825450/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_825000/ff_825450_xl.jpg&w=100 99.95 Nike Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions Game Jersey - Light Blue
    Nike Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots Game Jersey - Navy Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_New_England_Patriots/browse/featuredproduct/825465/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_825000/ff_825465_xl.jpg&w=100 99.95 Nike Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots Game Jersey - Navy Blue
    Nike Eli Manning New York Giants Womens Game Jersey - Royal Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_New_York_Giants/browse/featuredproduct/830781/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_830000/ff_830781_xl.jpg&w=100 94.95 Nike Eli Manning New York Giants Womens Game Jersey - Royal Blue
    Nike Peyton Manning Denver Broncos Game Jersey - Orange http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Denver_Broncos/browse/featuredproduct/845755/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_845000/ff_845755_xl.jpg&w=100 99.95 Nike Peyton Manning Denver Broncos Game Jersey - Orange
    Nike Justin Blackmon Jacksonville Jaguars Draft Game Jersey - Teal http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Jacksonville_Jaguars/browse/featuredproduct/851602/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_851000/ff_851602_xl.jpg&w=100 49.99 Nike Justin Blackmon Jacksonville Jaguars Draft Game Jersey - Teal
    New Era Green Bay Packers On-Field Performance 59FIFTY Fitted Hat - Green http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Green_Bay_Packers/browse/featuredproduct/853845/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_853000/ff_853845_xl.jpg&w=100 34.95 New Era Green Bay Packers On-Field Performance 59FIFTY Fitted Hat - Green
    New Era New Orleans Saints On-Field Performance 59FIFTY Fitted Hat - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_New_Orleans_Saints/browse/featuredproduct/853852/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_853000/ff_853852_xl.jpg&w=100 34.95 New Era New Orleans Saints On-Field Performance 59FIFTY Fitted Hat - Black