Judge: NFL concussion opt-outs due Tuesday

Tuesday remains the deadline to opt out of the NFL’s settlement of concussion claims after a judge in Philadelphia denied an extension request.

Lawyers for some retired players want the deadline delayed until after a Nov. 19 fairness hearing on the settlement. But Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody denied their request this week.

The lead lawyers who negotiated the minimum $765 million deal oppose the delay. They say many of the nearly 20,000 former players need the money quickly.

The plan would pay $1 million or more to retirees with the most severe neurological problems, such as Parkinson’s disease.

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But the average award for Alzheimer’s disease or dementia would be about $190,000.

The deal may not be finalized by year’s end. Brody will take written briefs through mid-December.

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