Seau’s Brain Headed East for Study by National Institutes of Health

Junior Seau, who  died in May of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Junior Seau’s brain will be studied by federal scientists – a step toward determining if head injuries in his storied NFL career may have led to his depression and suicide.

Sarah Gordon, a spokeswoman for the county Medical Examiner’s Office, said she offered a reporter a statement Thursday morning on whether the office still had Seau’s brain.

She wrote: “Brain tissue has been released to the National Institutes of Health for Study; we have no information about the type of study that will be performed.”

Gordon also noted that a few media reports said “some” brain tissue was released for study by the federal agency based in Bethesda, MD.

“No reason to qualify with ‘some,’” she said Thursday.

U-T San Diego reported Thursday that Seau’s sister Mary Seau was unaware of any authorization.

“The last time we had a family meeting on this was at my parents’ house a week after the death,” she was quoted as saying. “My family agreed to do this to help other football players. But we haven’t had a meeting since then to authorize the release of the tissue.”