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Didinger: As an Eagle, Matson's career was renewed
Hall of Fame halfback and former Eagle Ollie Matson died Saturday at age 80. His time in Philadelphia was among the best of his career. By Ray Didinger

Ex-New York Giants star Dave Duerson left brain to science after apparent suicide
Before he shot himself in the chest, ex-New York Giants star Dave Duerson texted family members that he wanted to donate his brain to research.

Goodell says Duerson’s death ‘sad’ - Chicago Sun-Times
The first documented case of CTE came in 2007 after the brain tissue of former Philadelphia Eagles safety Andre Waters was examined after his suicide. Since then, some 20 cases have been diagnosed posthumously. Because the test for CTE involves examining brain tissue, the condition can’t be detected until ­after death. Symptoms that include dementia, aggression and depression can appear months after a brain trauma or several decades later, ­fueling fears that there could be a future epidemic of such cases. The suicide rate among ex-NFL players is six times the national average, according to, a website dedicated to helping former players adjust to retirement.

Atogwe headed to Washington? - NFC East Blog - ESPN
The Washington Redskins will host safety Oshiomogho Atogwe today, according to Howard Balzer of St. Louis' ESPN 101. Atogwe was released by the Rams because they didn't want to pay him an $8 million bonus. For now, he's exploring his options. And you'd have to think the Cowboys would also be interested in taking a look at Atogwe.

40 fans show up at Champ Bailey Rally | ProFootballTalk
Only 40 people turned out on Sunday for a fan-organized "Champ Bailey Rally" at Invesco Field in Denver.

NFL, union resume mediation for 4th day in row - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Say this for the NFL and its players’ union: They are on speaking terms at the moment. The sides met with a federal mediator for the fourth day in a row Monday, trying to make progress toward a new collective bargaining agreement before the current labor deal expires.

Super Bowl XLVI prediction: New York Jets will face Philadelphia Eagles, assuming CBA deal occurs
It has become a Daily News tradition: Picking the two Super Bowl teams for next season before the last piece of confetti comes down the Packers. Assuming the labor unrest doesn't turn the 2011 season into a complete aberration, here's my pick for Super Bowl XLVI: Jets vs. Eagles.

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