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Cardinals coach Bruce Arians on CTE: 'It's not just a football-related symptom'

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Posted at 11:42 AM, Jul 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-29 14:42:43-04

A study released earlier this week revealed 110 of 111 former NFL players tested positive for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a disease linked to repeated head trauma.

When asked about that report Saturday, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he's happy CTE research is being conducted, but he would like that research to go beyond the football world.

"My biggest thing is: How many of you guys have it? Because nobody in the public is donating their brain to find out if it's actually in the public," Arians said during Saturday morning's pre-training camp press conference at University of Phoenix Stadium.

"I'd like to know if my wife has it because she's been in two bad car accidents, so if there's something football players can do (to treat the symptoms), she can do. I'd like this research to pick up because it's way behind. But it's not just a football-related symptom because we don't know who has it.”

Arians said strides taken by the NFL in response to CTE research has been positive, but he reiterated he'd like to see that research extended outside of football. 

“We’re all very aware of the research. We used to have two helmets; now you’ve got like 12 to pick from. It’s a great sign," he said, but added, “It’s something that affects the entire population, not just football players."

Arians said he hasn’t talked to his team about this week's report.

“I think you have to ask them,” he said. “I think it’s a concern for everybody."