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Congress wants more help from NFL to fight head injuries February 12, 2010

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Vincent Goodwill / The Detroit News

Detroit — While the NFL is trying to improve its information and treatment of concussions and head injuries, more must be done, members of Congress said at a hearing Monday.

Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., chaired the House Judiciary Committee, which met at the Wayne State School of Medicine, a hearing that featured doctors, former players and equipment representatives. Former Lions Herman Moore, Lem Barney, Ron Rice and Greg Landry also were present, and DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, represented the league.

The first congressional hearing on football head injuries was held in October.

“Until recently, the NFL had minimized and disputed evidence linking head injuries to mental impairment in the future,” said Conyers, pointing out NFL commissioner Roger Goodell failed to acknowledge a connection between football and cognitive decline at the first hearing.

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