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Ex-Notre Dame coach Brown may suffer from brain trauma: family

FILE - In this file photaken Jan. 19 2007 CorwBrown answers questions from reporters during news conference South Bend Ind.

FILE - In this file photo taken Jan. 19, 2007, Corwin Brown answers questions from reporters during a news conference in South Bend, Ind., after Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weis introduced Brown as the team's new defensive coordinator. Police surrounded an Indiana home, Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, that property tax records show belongs to Brown. (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, Jim Rider, File)

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Updated: November 2, 2011 7:34PM

A spokesman for the family of former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Corwin Brown said his behavior during a recent SWAT team standoff at his home in Granger, Ind., may have been the result of brain trauma suffered during his playing career.

Brown was charged with three felonies as a result of his standoff with St. Joseph’s County police on Aug. 12, including criminal confinement and domestic battery. After his wife and three children fled the home, Brown barricaded himself inside for seven hours while a SWAT team surrounded the house. The standoff ended when Brown, 41, suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the torso.

‘‘We believe Corwin is suffering from symptoms similar to those experienced by the late Dave Duerson and were caused by the many notable collisions during Corwin’s career in the NFL,’’ spokesman Julian Green wrote in a statement released by the Brown family.

Duerson, a former Bears safety, committed suicide on Feb. 17. His brain was subsequently tested and showed chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease found in a growing list of former football players.

The family hopes to consult with neurologist Dr. Robert Cantu, an authority on sports concussions.

Brown played at Michigan before an eight-year NFL career with the Detroit Lions, New York Jets and New England Patriots.

‘‘We can no longer remain silent, and we believe it is important that his former teams, teammates, coaches and the NFL understand the severity of this situation,’’ the statement read.

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