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Daniel Bryan will return wrestle in 2018, according to his wife, Brie Bella.

In an interview with From The Top Rope Podcast, Brie revealed that her husband has been undergoing Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, and has already had around 40 treatments across the USA. She also stated that, should he get the ago-ahead from doctors, she would be fully supportive of his return to wrestling, adding ‘This is your dream and passion. You have one life to live and I will never hold you back, because I love to wrestle and I would hate if someone told me you can’t do it. And if the WWE doesn’t allow it, then I said, go somewhere else.’

This is very interesting for fans of independent wrestling, as it raises the issue of where Bryan would likely go if WWE refused to allow him to wrestle under their banner. His contract, of course, expires in 2018. Ring of Honor would seem a frontrunner, with Daniel being a former champion and fan favourite there.

In the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Meltzer noted that while Bryan wouldn’t likely make more money on the indies than he would in WWE, he’d certainly be able to come close with a lighter, hand-picked schedule. He also added that Bryan has never really been about the money, and the thought of having better matches with a wider variety of opponents would be very tempting.

Meltzer also noted Bryan’s in-ring return would likely dominate wrestling news in 2018.

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Count Terrell Davis among the many former football players who are understandably uneasy about the long-term impact the sport may have on their lives.

The former Denver Broncos running back detailed the widespread concerns during an interview with the Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post ahead of this weekend’s Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony.

“I can’t lie, we’re all scared,” Davis said. “We’re concerned because we don’t know what the future holds. When I’m at home and I do something, if I forget something I have to stop to think, ‘Is this because I’m getting older or I’m just not using my brain, or is this an effect of playing football? I don’t know that.'”

The comments from Davis come just one week after a study published findings that chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head, was discovered in 99 percent of brains of deceased players.

With the new-age information on brain injuries in mind, Davis recalled a well-documented story about him playing through a migraine during a Super Bowl XXXII victory over the Green Bay Packers.

“I think about that moment a lot because if they had the rules in place then, I don’t go back into that game,” Davis said. “And that changes a lot. Am I here? Thank God it didn’t happen like that.”

Davis, who will be inducted alongside the greatest players in football history Saturday night, played seven seasons in the NFL from 1995-2001, all of which with the Broncos.

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Tom Brady won’t reveal whether he suffered a concussion last season because he doesn’t believe it’s anyone’s business but his.

Speaking to reporters at New England Patriots training camp Friday, Brady wouldn’t discuss his health and said that type of information is personal, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

The NFL, which requires players and teams to disclose concussions, would probably disagree.

Brady’s wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, said on “CBS This Morning” in May that Brady did indeed suffer a concussion in 2016.

“He had a concussion last year,” Bundchen said. “I mean he has concussions pretty much … we don’t talk about it. But he does have concussions. I don’t really think it’s a healthy thing for your body to go through that kind of aggression all the time. That cannot be healthy for you, right? I’m planning on having him be healthy and do a lot of fun things when we’re like 100, I hope.”

Brady appeared on the Patriots’ injury report several times in 2016, but was never listed as having a concussion. In fact, he hasn’t appeared on the injury report with a concussion in any of the past four seasons.

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Von Miller knows there are far more important things in life than what happens on the football field.

In reference to the apparent revelation that Tom Brady had a concussion last season, the Denver Broncos superstar was asked if he’d self-report a concussion by Dominic Bonvissuto of The MMQB.

Miller gave an affirmative, citing the importance of health and the seriousness of concussions.

“I just play football, it’s not life or death out here,” Miller said. “At the end of the day, I’m just a grown man playing a child’s game. Health is the most important thing. If I get a broken fingernail, I’m coming off the field. If it’s something serious like a concussion, I’m definitely going to go and get it checked out.”

Understanding that no head injury is worth the risk of putting yourself in danger, there are likely countless players who share Miller’s thoughts on reporting concussions.

One of the many challenges the NFL faces in combating the ongoing epidemic, though, is that so many others either don’t want to come off the field or believe they can’t afford to miss time.

Perhaps Miller and other players of his stature speaking out can be a step in the right direction as the league continues to address this all-important issue.

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Now that Calvin Johnson is retired, he has no problem discussing the reality of head injuries in the NFL, but it wasn’t always that way.

On the heals of Tom Brady‘s wife, Gisele Bundchen, claiming her husband had an undocumented concussion last season, Johnson has opened up about how the injury is treated among NFL players.

“Guys get concussions, they don’t tell the coaches,” Johnson said Saturday, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “It happens. I don’t tell the coach sometimes cause I know I got a job to do. The team needs me out there on the field. And sometimes you allow that to jeopardize yourself, but that’s just the nature of the world.”

Johnson was never officially diagnosed with a concussion during his nine-year career.

When pressed for specifics and whether he ever lied to doctors about a head injury, Johnson was very honest.

“Of course,” said Johnson. “They’re going to dispute that, but anytime you black out, anytime you hit the ground and everything is stars and stuff, any time your brain hits your skull, that’s a concussion.

“No matter how severe it is, it’s a concussion. Now granted, some people get nausea. That’s a severe concussion when you get hit like that and you get nausea and stuff like that. But if you play football long enough (you’re going to have concussions).”

While Johnson’s retirement was a surprise to most when announced, it appears the Lions all-time leading receiver may have had more reasons than the public knew about for hanging up his pads.

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Drew Brees made a quick sidestep when asked to comment on Gisele Bundchen’s reveal that her husband, Tom Brady, suffered a concussion in the 2016 season, during an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show.”

Brees called it “their business,” but when pressed on whether he’d reveal any head-related health issues to his wife, Brittany, the New Orleans Saints‘ star quarterback said he’d keep her in the dark.

“I wouldn’t want her to worry,” Brees said, according to ESPN’s Mike Triplett.

Brees agreed that self-reporting concussions in the NFL remains a “gray area,” and then talked about when he suffered a concussion in 2004 while with the then-San Diego Chargers, which he said was the only time he’d suffered such an injury in his NFL career.

“I knew that something was not right. I knew that I was concussed,” Brees said. “But I didn’t take myself out of the game. I mean, I stayed in the game and played as long as I could until finally a coach pulled me aside and was like, ‘I’m looking out for you here, and you’re not gonna play anymore.’ …

“And that’s why it’s hard to change that mentality for guys. When you’re in the heat of the moment, heat of the battle and it’s competitive, you do not want to pull yourself out. That’s why the concussion protocols are in place where you’ve got the independent neurological consultants and the trainers and the referees. Everybody’s supposed to be looking.”

The NFL said it has no records that indicate Brady suffered a concussion at any point during his career.

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Former NFL and MLB player Bo Jackson says he never could have become a two-sport star if he knew about the dangers of playing football.

“If I knew now what I had known back then, I would have never played football. Never,” Jackson told USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale. “I wish I had known about all of those head injuries, but no one knew that. And the people that did know that, they wouldn’t tell anybody.

“The game has gotten so violent, so rough. We’re so much more educated on this CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) stuff, there’s no way I would ever allow my kids to play football today.

“Even though I love the sport, I’d smack them in the mouth if they said they wanted to play football.

“I’d tell them, ‘Play baseball, basketball, soccer, golf, just anything but football.'”

Jackson played for the Los Angeles Raiders from 1987-90 and retired largely due to injury, though to his hip rather than his head. He played for the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, and California Angels in an MLB career that spanned from 1986 to 1994.