NFL Disability Board Undermines League In Concussion MDL

By Greg Ryan (November 16, 2012, 10:17 PM EST) -- The NFL's retirement board's acknowledgment in the 1990s and early 2000s that football can cause devastating long-term head injuries will hurt the league's credibility in the multidistrict litigation over concussions, but attorneys say it is not the silver bullet plaintiffs have been searching for.

ESPN published a letter Friday from the director of an NFL retirement plan to an attorney for Mike Webster, a Hall of Fame center who played in the league from 1974 to 1990, denying Webster disability benefits beyond those he already received. The document had never before been published, according to ESPN.

The letter from the league's...

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