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49ers Solomon Thomas’ mental health comeback embodies NFL’s mission

SANTA CLARA – Life in the NFL is stressful. High risks. High rewards. Sudden lows.

Compound all that with your sister’s suicide and the 49ers’ Solomon Thomas will tell you how painfully hard life can be.

Thankfully for Thomas — and at least partly because of him — the NFL has begun recognizing mental health as a pertinent issue and has mandated that every team must have a “behavioral health clinician” available weekly at its facility.

“In the NFL, it’s a big problem,” Thomas said after 49ers practice Tuesday. “We’re one of the most masculine sports out there, and we need it bad.