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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Former Syracuse football player Naesean Howard will undergo a series of medical tests over the next few weeks to discover if he has suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (C.T.E.), the degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head hits.Ralph Cognetti, Howard’s attorney, said Friday morning during a pre-trial hearing regarding Howard’s alleged stabbing that if there’s a link between his concussion history and decision-making, then the intent element of his alleged crime could be negated. In that case, “then we’ve got a tool to use either at trial or in negotiations that will perhaps get a lesser charge,” Cognetti said.Howard, 20, appeared before Judge Anthony Aloi in Syracuse City Court on Friday morning, about two months before his Feb. 21, 2017 trial. The former Syracuse defensive back was dismissed from the football team after his freshman season in 2014. He was charged with first-degree assault after allegedly stabbing Chauncey Scissum and Corey Winfield at a South Campus party in April. Winfield left the program in November.Howard was indicted in May on first-degree assault charges, as well as charges of second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. The first-degree assault charge alleges Howard intended to cause “serious physical injury” and is punishable of up to 25 years in prison. Howard is in custody and bail will not be set.MORE COVERAGE:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTrial date set for ex-Syracuse football player accused of stabbing two former teammatesCourt documents: Howard stabbed SU football players multiple timesWitness details alleged stabbing, South Campus party Published on December 16, 2016 at 11:18 am Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21center_img The West Genesee High School graduate was initially charged with two counts of second-degree assault.Howard will be medically evaluated next Friday, Cognetti said. He will then undergo a series of tests at State University of New York Upstate Medical Center. The results of the tests will be sent to a doctor at the University of Pennsylvania for review. Cognetti said he doesn’t know many concussions Howard may have suffered, but that “It’s a hell of a lot more than one.”“My client may have suffered from severe chronic traumatic encephalopathy (C.T.E.) — concussions — since his start of playing football in Pop Warner,” Cognetti said. “If that’s the case, that would negate that intent element … Then this (case) doesn’t have all the elements of a crime.”He added: “From our analysis, he’s suffered concussions on multiple occasions going way back to pop warner. That’s our belief.”Another pre-trial hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 17 at 9 a.m.“Maybe at that time we’ll have test results,” Aloi said, and some “other discussions can be held.” Commentslast_img read more

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first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kershaw (12-4, 1.69 ERA) will be pitching on three days’ rest, but has pitched only six times after suffering a herniated disc in his back in late June.He weathered a tough Game 1 on Friday in which he threw 101 pitches over five innings. He was spotted a 4-0 lead but surrendered three earned runs and eights hits with seven strikeouts.Kershaw has started three NLDS games on short rest in each of the past three postseasons. He has gone 19 innings — at least six frames each start — and given up six runs (four earned) with 23 strikeouts.The Dodgers won two of those three starts, including Game 4 last year in New York.If the Dodgers win today, Game 5 will be at 2 p.m. Friday (Fox Sports 1) at Nationals Park. The Dodgers could go with Urias or rely on left-hander Rich Hill on three days’ rest. Hill couldn’t make it out of the fifth inning of Game 2 on Saturday, allowing four earned runs and six hits in a 5-2 loss in which the Dodgers stranded 12 runners. The Dodgers will send ace Clayton Kershaw to the mound for Game 4 of the National League Division Series on Tuesday in an effort to prolong their postseason against the Washington Nationals.The Dodgers, down 2-1 in the best-of-five series, were deciding between their star left-hander and Julio Urias, their 20-year-old southpaw prospect.The Nationals are countering with rookie right-hander Joe Ross (7-5, 3.43 ERA), which would save ace Max Scherzer in case of a Game 5 in Washington.Game 4 starts at 2 p.m. (Fox Sports 1) at Dodger Stadium.last_img read more