Sports briefs 1-11-13: Ex-Browns QB Bernie Kosar getting help for numerous concussions

Jeff Schudel JSchudel@News-Herald.com @jsbrownsinsider writer Published:

CLEVELAND -- Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar says he has finally found a treatment to ease years of pain from concussions he sustained during his NFL career.

Kosar said he had more than a dozen documented concussions as a player. After more than a decade of constant headaches, insomnia and slurred speech, Kosar said he began to feel better following just a few weeks of treatments with Dr. Rick Sponaugle, who has a wellness institute in Florida.

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