• In this Dec. 20, 2015, file phoo, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) and Carolina Panthers' Josh Norman (24) grapple during the first half of an NFL football game  in East Rutherford, N.J. In response to the season's violent outbursts by Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr., Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict and others, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suggested a rule might be passed that would call for an automatic ejection if a player receives two personal fouls in a game.  (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

    Despite troubles aplenty, NFL and Super Bowl popular as ever

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The headlines hit in a persistent stream this season, and the onslaught only grew steadier as the Super Bowl approached.

  • Former LB Bill Romanowski: Most NFL players likely have CTE

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bill Romanowski sustained 20 documented concussions, and certainly more he doesn’t know about, during his 16-year NFL career as a linebacker. He was hardly surprised to learn this week that late Raiders quarterback and Hall of Fame finalist Ken Stabler had been diagnosed with the brain disease CTE.

  • Houston Texans Defensive End J.J. Watt appears at a Super Bowl event promoting the Verizon Virtual Reality Game Winner Experience on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in San Francisco. Watt said he’s knows concussions are part of the risk of playing football. (AP Photo/John Carucci)

    J.J. Watt feels concussions are an expected injury

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt says he knew concussions were a risk when he decided to play football, so he’s not any more alarmed by the studies of prolonged head trauma suffered by NFL players.

  • Concussions prompt UTSA QB Bogenschutz to quit football

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Calling it “one of the toughest situations” in his life, UTSA sophomore quarterback Blake Bogenschutz said Tuesday he is giving up football because of lingering concussion-like symptoms.

  • In this Nov. 25, 2012, file photo, Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Stokley, center, gives up the ball to Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Javier Arenas (21) while hit by free safety Kendrick Lewis (23) during the first half of an NFL football game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. During a 15-year NFL career that sent him pinballing over the middle of the field too many times to count, absorbing hits as wicked as they come, the former Denver Broncos receiver  endured injuries that literally ran from head to toe. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)

    AP survey: Concussions not most NFL players’ chief concern

    During a 15-year NFL career that sent him pinballing over the middle of the field too many times to count, absorbing hits as wicked as they come, former Denver Broncos receiver Brandon Stokley endured injuries that literally ran from head to toe.

  • Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane, center, battles for the ball with Colchester United's Owen Garvan, second right, during the English FA Cup, fourth round soccer match at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, Colchester, England, Saturday Jan. 30, 2016. (Nick Potts/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

    Colchester player taken off on stretcher after heads clash

    COLCHESTER, England (AP) — Colchester United defender Alex Wynter was taken to hospital after being knocked out by a clash of heads with teammate Tom Eastman in their FA Cup fourth-round match against Tottenham on Saturday.