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Originally published December 14, 2013 at 6:16 PM | Page modified December 14, 2013 at 6:26 PM

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Jovan Belcher’s body exhumed for brain examination


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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher’s body has been exhumed more than a year after he killed his girlfriend and himself so that his brain can be examined for signs of a degenerative condition linked to repeated concussions.

Belcher’s family had his body exhumed Friday at North Babylon Cemetery in the Long Island, N.Y., community of Bay Shore, the family’s attorney, Dirk Vandever, told The Kansas City Star. Vandever didn’t immediately respond to an email and phone messages left Saturday by The Associated Press.

An examination of Belcher’s brain could determine whether he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy last December when he killed his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, with whom he had an infant daughter, in their home. Belcher then drove to the Chiefs’ practice facility and shot himself in the head in the parking lot.

Bennet Omalu, an expert on the destructive brain condition, said that he “would bet one month’s salary that (Belcher) had CTE” and that the local medical examiner should have performed a test for it.

Note

• Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster has been ruled out for Sunday’s game in Oakland after developing an infection in a small cut on his ankle.

The Chiefs were wary that McCluster may have developed MRSA, but trainer Rick Burkholder said tests came back negative for the serious strain of staph infection.



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