Seven former National Football League players are suing the league over how it handles concussions.
The lawsuit, filed in Philadelphia, alleges that the NFL did not fairly or correctly address the long-term health risks associated with playing football and getting concussions. “They continue to refuse to admit that there’s a correlation between concussions and these long-term chronic problems,” said Larry Coben, the players’ lawyer. Players in the suit include former quarterback Jim McMahon, who played for the Eagles in the early 90s, and Gerry Feehery, a late-80s Eagles center. Coben said the suit aims to change the league’s current standards for concussion care, “so that, from here on out, all NFL players will have the benefit of modern medical science to determine if and when they suffered concussions so that they can be monitored and treated aggressively.” In an email, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league had not yet read the suit, but that it would vigorously contest any claims of this kind.
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