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December 11, 2012

Player death raises questions

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IRVING, Texas —

The NFL has sessions on issues ranging from guns to alcohol and drug use at other times of the years, and all teams have counselors who work with players, league spokesman Dan Masonson said.

League owners are gathering in the Dallas area Wednesday. The agenda was set to focus in part on player safety through the addition of leg padding, but it’s likely to change. A week before Brown’s death, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend before driving to the team’s stadium and shooting himself in front of his coach and general manager.

“I am sure the events of the past two weeks will be discussed at the league meeting,” league spokesman Greg Aiello said. “We are always looking to do more.”

Several coaches said Monday they were talking again about issues of safety and good decisions after Brown’s death. They also acknowledged there was only so much they could do, as did Mathis.

“We’re not immune from life because we’re athletes,” Mathis said. “We’re not, but there are smarter choices.”

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AP Sports Writers Janie McCauley, Larry Lage, Mark Long and Joe Kay contributed to this report.

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