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Helmet hits causing more than just concussions

The NFL has a concussion problem — that’s nothing new. But after watching Rob Gronkowski get carted off the field last week after suffering a major knee injury, it got me wondering: Does the NFL have a helmet problem, too?

Gronkowski tore at least the ACL and MCL in his right knee after Cleveland safety T.J. Ward drove helmet-first directly into the knee. The helmet protected Ward from suffering a serious head injury, but also caused significant damage to Gronkowski, saddling him with another extensive surgery and rehabilitation process this coming offseason.

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