Bears' Hillenmeyer will donate brain

MIAMI -- Chicago linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer is among another group of active NFL players who have agreed to donate their brains to concussion research upon their deaths.

Here’s the full report from the Associated Press. Hillenmeyer has had a vested interested in concussions since suffering one in the season opener against Green Bay in 2006. At the time, he said: “I’ve got my mom and girlfriend sending me 50 articles off the Internet about all the long-term effects of concussions. But that’s not something that I’m thinking about. I know the doctors wouldn’t let me play if they thought there was any greater risk of me getting another one than with anybody else out there.”

Other players who recently joined Hillenmeyer include Zach Thomas and Kyle Turley.