This morning, Deadspin took a deep look at new research on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain disorder caused by blunt head trauma that’s affecting NFL players in big numbers. The problem is, up until now it’s only been diagnosed post-mortem. But maybe not anymore. “If [Dr. Gary Small] is successful,” Kyle Wagner writes, “his work would reorient the science of head injuries around saving lives instead of merely contextualizing deaths.” It’s fascinating. Check it out. Deadspin