Say what you want about the NFL risk players are taking, but it sure seems like they are well aware of them.
At least players like Steelers cornerback Artie Burns sure do. Need proof? Just one day after the Washington Post published a feature about former running back Larry Johnson’s battle with what he thinks is CTE at age 38, the 22-year-old admitted he believes he already has the illness.
“I definitely know I have it. I’m going to [test positive for] CTE. I don’t need a test. Is it going to tell me how much I have? We play a physical sport, man. Humans are not made to run into each other,” Burns said in a roundtable with Sports Illustrated.
Out of the six players asked, Burns was the only player who suspected that he had CTE.
And the most unsettling part of this story?
Burns has not been listed on the Steelers’ injury report at any point in his two-year career.