Former Players Appeal NFL’s $1 Billion Concussion Plan
As football season inches toward the playoffs, there’s no shortage of talk about the effect of concussions on the sport. There is a large and growing list of former NFL players who have been diagnosed with concussion-related brain diseases. The recent suicides of Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau and safety Dave Duerson have been linked to the frequent concussions they suffered during their careers.
Recently, a group of former NFL players announced they’re appealing the league’s $1 billion plan to address concussion-related injuries.
The former players claim the NFL’s plan doesn’t include future payments for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE has been found in the brains of many deceased football players. It has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, dementia, and depression. The NFL didn’t include CET in the plan because it says the science behind the disease is in its early stages and can only be diagnosed in people who’ve died.
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