As the NFL faces mounting evidence of brain disease among its former players, a current one gave fans a scare Sunday in a game between the host Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys.
Broncos receiver Bennie Fowler was hit as he dove to make a catch and smashed his head against the turf. He attempted to walk off the field, but stumbled and fell twice.
“That’s just hard to watch,” Fox announcer Joe Buck said.
Fowler did not return to the game and was diagnosed with a concussion, the Denver Post reported.
He later tweeted to concerned fans that he was OK, and noted the team’s convincing 42-17 victory.
Despite Fowler’s reassurance, moments like this are likely to fuel further concerns.
A recent study revealed that 110 of 111 former NFL players examined posthumously had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative brain disease found in people with a history of head trauma.