Ex-NFL Players Sue League Over Concussion Injuries

Law360, New York (August 18, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT) -- A group of retired football players on Thursday accused the NFL of concealing and downplaying the link between frequent concussions and mental illness, and negligently encouraging the use of helmets to block, ram and tackle, according to a class action filed in Pennsylvania.

The retired players say the NFL has known since the 1970s that a high rate of concussions associated with the game increase players' risk of brain injury or illness, such as Alzheimer's disease, dementia and chronic headaches.

League policies were also blamed for...
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