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Belcher's body exhumed for tests

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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 his brain can be examined for signs of a degenerative condition linked to repeated concussions.

Jovan'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.

 

K.C.'s McCluster out

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster has been ruled out for today'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. McCluster has been receiving antibiotics to treat the infection.

McCluster, who's returned two punts for touchdowns this season, had been listed as questionable for the Raiders. A team spokesman said Saturday he will not make the trip.

He sustained the cut last week in the mud and snow at Washington.

 

Doing it again

 

CINCINNATI Bengals cornerback Leon Hall knows exactly what to expect in his recovery from a torn Achilles tendon. He did it all just two years ago.

Hall tore his right Achilles tendon during a win in Detroit on Oct. 20 and had surgery. He's following roughly the same rehabilitation schedule he did in 2011, when he tore the left Achilles tendon on Dec. 13 against Pittsburgh. He's got the cast off and he's in a protective boot.

"Sometimes with this one you kind of go as the tendon allows you to do," Hall said this week. "But for the most part, it's going to be the same number of weeks I had in a cast and the same amount of weeks in this boot and so on."

There were doubts whether the 29-year-old cornerback would ever be the same after the first injury. He was ready for the start of training camp last year and moved back into his role as top cornerback. He figures the same is possible this time.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 15, 2013 B11

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