Opening night of the National Football League arrived Wednesday amid renewed
discussion of head injuries and a $30 million grant provided by the NFL to study
brain injuries and other sports-related health issues.
In an interview Wednesday, Story Landis, director of the National Institutes
of Health's National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, said that
the grant came with no strings attached and that the institute, which just
secured the funding Saturday, hasn't figured out exactly how to use it.
But it doesn't appear likely that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has just
financed a series of studies that could ultimately be used to ban football.