Football: Ex-Players Call NFL Brain-Injury Panel A 'Sham'

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Sameera Ehteram
Former NFL players are planning to sue the league over concussion-linked injuries. They claim that the NFL "glorified" violence and profited from damaging hits to the head. Not only that, but they also blamed the league of covering up the latest developments on concussions and related brain injuries. They say the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury committee in 1994 doesn’t really fulfill its goals.

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Former NFL players are planning to sue the league over concussion-linked injuries. They claim that the NFL "glorified" violence and profited from damaging hits to the head. Not only that, but they also blamed the league of covering up the latest developments on concussions and related brain injuries. They say the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury committee in 1994 doesn’t really fulfill its goals.

About 4,200 of the league's 12,000 (almost one-third) former players are part of the legal action. Some of them are battling dementia, depression or Alzheimer's disease as a result not getting proper care after concussions. Others are worried about developing problems and want their health monitored.

''It set up a sham committee designed to get information about neurological risks, but in fact spread misinformation,'' they say.

The players' union signed a collective bargaining agreement, which makes the teams and players' union itself responsible for their safety -- and therefore the lawsuit should be dismissed.

U.S. District Judge's decision could be worth billions to either side.

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