Study cites depression
Former NFL players suffer more depression than ordinary people, according to research that may explain recent suicides in the group, including former All-Pro linebacker Junior Seau last year. In a study of 34 retired NFL players, about 25 percent suffered with clinical depression, higher than the 15 percent seen in the general population. The research, published in the journal JAMA Neurology, also found physical abnormalities in the brains of some the athletes in medical scans . . . Matt Cavanaugh will not return as the Jets’ quarterbacks coach after four seasons with the team. Cavanaugh was responsible for the development of Mark Sanchez, who took a step back in his fourth season and was benched late in the year . . . Cowboys running backs coach Skip Peete won’t return following the worst 16-game rushing season in team history. Dallas finished next-to-last in the NFL with 1,265 yards . . . The Colts signed seven players to futures contracts, including former Merrimack linebacker Shawn Loiseau and running back Davin Meggett, son of former Patriot and New York Giant David Meggett. Both players were on Indy’s practice squad last week.