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Limited Number Of Former NFLers May Share In Concussion Settlement, Payments To Vary
Published October 18, 2013
SCHLERETH NOT HIDING HIS FEELINGS: ESPN’s Mark Schlereth addressed the ongoing concussions issue in the NFL and said, “When you settle a concussion lawsuit for $765 million dollars, and part of that settlement is you don’t have to admit any guilt and you don’t have to turn over the 10, 20, 15 years of research that you’ve gone through that would actually help in regards to educating people about head trauma and that parts of the settlement, then safety is not your first concern. Money is your first concern" (“Mike & Mike,” ESPN Radio, 10/18).
WORRY ABOUT IT LATER: In Buffalo, Jerry Sullivan writes he has "talked with more than a dozen" Bills players since the release of Frontline's "League Of Denial" last week. Half the players said that they had "suffered at least one concussion during their football careers." But in "almost every case, the player couldn’t say for sure." A documented concussion "is one thing, but in a sport where players get their 'bell rung' all the time, who can really say?" The NFL now is "doing more to protect the players -- and in a world where denying pain is part of the culture, you have to protect the players from themselves." WR Stevie Johnson said that he "had one serious concussion" in junior college. Johnson said, "I’m not worried right now. I’ve got to live in the now, you know what I’m saying?" S Jairus Byrd said that he "never had a concussion." Byrd: "Not to my knowledge. Not a documented one. But I’m sure I ... I don’t know. I’ve gotten my bell rung" (BUFFALO NEWS, 10/18).