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October 29, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
IF THE NFL needs more research on concussions it should talk with former Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb, who was diagnosed with four during his 6-year career. In a first-person account for Monday Morning Quarterback, Kolb - who retired last year after four seasons with the Birds and two with the Cardinals - wrote that he suffers daily from his brain injuries. "The ringing is like someone shooting a shotgun right next to my ear, every second of every day," he wrote. "It doesn't go away.
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October 3, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
When an NFL or big-time college quarterback leaves a game with a concussion - or doesn't leave it, like Michigan's quarterback last weekend - everyone is watching. Everyone follows his progress. What about the girl who was hit by a soccer ball five years ago and had to stop playing her sport? What's the rest of that story? "I struggled and lost a lot," said Julia Mills, a senior at Central Bucks High School East. Her tale starts when she was in seventh grade, on Oct. 3, 2009.
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September 12, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
An attempt by seven former NFL players to block the league's proposed settlement over concussion-related health problems met with tough questions Wednesday from a federal appeals court panel. Lawyers for the group - which includes former Eagles wide receiver Sean Morey and safety Sean Considine - challenged the fairness of the agreement, alleging that many former players had had their rights "bargained away. " But the three-justice panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit appeared focused on a more basic question: Did it have the right to intervene in the ongoing settlement proceedings or would doing so leapfrog a process already established by the federal judge handling the case for airing complaints?
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August 27, 2014
BENN CLEARED TO PRACTICE Receiver Arrelious Benn returned to practice Monday after suffering a concussion in Thursday's preseason game. D6
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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 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 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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