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Goodell hopes for lighter helmets

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NEW YORK (AP)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell imagines a day when football players could be checked to determine whether their genetic makeup makes them more likely to develop brain disease.

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He also envisions players being required to wear helmets containing sensors to detect hits that cause concussions. Those helmets might be lighter and ''less of a weapon'' than today's.

Those are the kinds of advances the NFL and General Electric are hoping to produce in a partnership that could funnel up to $60 million over four years to research on head injuries.

Goodell says Monday that concussion lawsuits brought by thousands of ex-players had ''no impact'' on such efforts.

One influential NFL owner, Robert Kraft of the Patriots, says he wishes these kinds of projects ''happened sooner.''

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