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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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June 4, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
DAN MARINO has filed a lawsuit against the NFL, claiming he is suffering from concussion-related injuries, according to a report. The Los Angeles Times reported the former quarterback, who played his entire 17-year career with the Dolphins, is one of 15 former players to file a suit last week in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. According to the report, the players claim the league withheld information about football-related brain injuries. They are seeking benefits and an unspecified monetary settlement.
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May 8, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Less than an hour after Craig Berube had confirmed that the Flyers considered Steve Mason healthy enough to tend goal for them again, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman treated the topic of concussions with a smugness that belied his league's substandard policy. This was Tuesday, April 22, before Game 3 of the Flyers-Rangers series, and Bettman had come to town for a quick news conference, a chance to tout Philadelphia's hosting the NHL draft in June. He was asked once about the secrecy surrounding Mason's "upper-body injury" and once about the intrinsic viciousness of the NHL's postseason, and taken together, his two answers were a jumbled justification for a culture and a concussion protocol that still place a player's utility ahead of his health.
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May 5, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
On the morning of what, to that point, would be the most important hockey game of his life, Steve Mason wasn't certain he would play until after they had removed the needles from his head. The headaches had returned the day before, that same dull throbbing that he'd lived with for a week after suffering a concussion against the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 12. Only now Game 4 of the Flyers' first-round series against the Rangers was less than 12 hours away, and Mason had expected to start in goal.
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March 24, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hannah Thomas, 17, can't pinpoint the day she realized that she would never play soccer again, or when the teenage highs of proms and college acceptances became weighed down by meds, therapy, and running battles with depression, memory loss, and headaches. "I didn't think it was going to be this long, and I sure didn't think it would be this serious," said Thomas, tall and athletic, who got hit in the head with a ball in middle school but finished the season - even though she had daily headaches and nausea.
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March 11, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - If things had worked according to plan, Tommy Joseph probably would be the Phillies' starting catcher, or fighting hard for the job, in this spring training. That was how the organization envisioned his progression when Joseph was acquired as the centerpiece of the 2012 trade for Hunter Pence. It's easy to see why. Joseph, a second-round draft pick of the Giants in 2009, looks like the prototype of a big-league catcher: sturdy and strong with a good arm and plate presence, and enough offense to keep him in the lineup.
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February 24, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon has concussion problems from banging his head into the glass during a recent game and is out of the Phantoms lineup indefinitely, Adirondack coach Terry Murray confirmed after his team's morning skate Saturday in Voorhees. The Phantoms played Bridgeport at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night. Earlier this season, Bourdon spent two months at the University of Michigan, where he received treatment from concussion specialists and also skated on the college rink.
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February 21, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Tommy Joseph unwrapped the plastic that covered a red Nike chest protector and shin guards. While seated at his locker, he strapped the new equipment to his body, and approved. For Joseph, just being able to wear catcher's gear was gratifying. His future behind the plate was jeopardized last season because of persistent concussion symptoms. It limited him to 36 minor-league games. When asked how many career concussions he has endured, Joseph said, "Three, I think.
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