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August 27, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THE NUMBER, if accurate, is staggering. So far, there have been 66 concussions in 49 NFL preseason games. That, according to @NFLconcussions, the Twitter feed that tracks such things. Former NFL player Dave Pear isn't surprised. "It's probably way more than that," he told the Daily News yesterday. "In the preseason, guys want to make teams, so they aren't going to say they're hurt. " It's not the concussions that worry Pear. It's what happens afterward. Pear, who played a combined six seasons (1975-80)
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August 27, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Arrelious Benn received clearance to return to practice Monday after suffering a concussion in Thursday's preseason win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. A veteran receiver competing for a roster spot, Benn participated in practice and is expected to play in this Thursday's preseason finale against the New York Jets. A second-round draft pick in 2010 by Tampa Bay, Benn has been plagued by injuries throughout his career. He missed nine games in three seasons with the Buccaneers before he tore his left anterior cruciate ligament last summer, ending his first season with the Eagles before it started.
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August 11, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lefthander Jesse Biddle said he finally felt like his old self on the mound Wednesday, and the results backed him up. Biddle, the Phillies' first-round draft choice (27th overall) in 2010 from Germantown Friends, made a breakthrough start for high-A Clearwater. It was just his second appearance since June 23, when he was shut down for a "mental break. " He threw five no-hit innings for the Clearwater Threshers in a 4-0 win over the Daytona Cubs. "It was a good start, and I am excited," Biddle said by phone Friday.
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July 24, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Seven former NFL players have asked an appeals court to block the proposed concussion settlement between the league and more than 4,500 retirees, saying the deal does not adequately address the needs of all players. The group - which includes former Eagles wide receiver Sean Morey and safety Sean Considine - raised similar objections to the plan days before a federal judge in Philadelphia preliminarily approved it this month. The seven players' plea on Monday for intervention seeks to circumvent a process laid out by U.S. District Judge Anita Brody for registering formal opposition to the settlement plan.
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July 9, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MILWAUKEE - The latest sign this summer is luckless for the Phillies came Sunday evening when Cliff Lee planned to throw about 70 pitches for single-A Clearwater at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla. A Florida thunderstorm suspended the game in the third inning; Lee was limited to 24 pitches in two innings. The Phillies offered Lee the option of finishing his outing in an indoor batting cage. Lee declined. The 35-year-old pitcher wants to test his strained left elbow against hitters.
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July 9, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Calling it a "significant improvement" over an earlier proposal, a federal judge in Philadelphia granted preliminary approval Monday to the NFL's second settlement offer to former players who sued the league over concussion-related health problems. The move came six months after U.S. District Judge Anita Brody rejected the first deal put forth by the league. It opens the door for more than 20,000 of the NFL's potentially eligible retirees to pursue claims as part of the class-action settlement.
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July 3, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - The immediate sensation from being struck in the head by a 78-m.p.h. curveball was not enough to prevent Carlos Ruiz from catching the final three innings of a 14-inning win over the Marlins on Thursday. But Ruiz suffered a concussion that night, and there has been no progress since. His injury "is maybe a little more serious than we originally thought, unfortunately," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday. "He's had concussion issues in the past, so we have to be careful with him. " Ruiz did not travel with the team.
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June 29, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Catcher Carlos Ruiz was placed on the seven-day disabled list Friday night with concussion symptoms after being hit on the helmet by a pitch from Miami's A.J. Ramos in the 11th inning Thursday. Ruiz remained in the game during the Phillies' 14-inning win over the Marlins, but he was not in manager Ryne Sandberg's starting lineup Friday. Sandberg said Ruiz's condition was being monitored earlier in the day, but indicated that the catcher was just getting a day off following a 4-hour, 41-minute game.
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June 27, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The NFL agreed Wednesday to lift the $675 million cap on its settlement offer to former players suffering from concussion-related injuries - a move that league officials hoped would satisfy a federal judge who rejected an earlier plan over concerns that the money wouldn't last. Attorneys for the players and the NFL submitted their revised settlement proposal to Philadelphia-based U.S. District Judge Anita Brody six months after she refused to approve their first agreement. Even with the cap removed, both sides said they did not expect claims from the roughly 20,000 potentially eligible retirees to exceed their original $675 million target.
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June 6, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
NFL COMMISSIONER Roger Goodell isn't going to like this: Variety reports that West Philly native Will Smith will star in a film about concussions in professional football. The news comes a week after another group of former NFL players filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia claiming the league knowingly failed to inform them there was a link between concussions and long-term health problems. That came on the heels of a class action - also filed in Philly - in which a $765 million settlement, reached by the league and former players last August, was declined by a judge who said it wasn't enough money to last over the 65-year span of the suit.
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