NHL CON­CUS­SION LAW­SUIT RE­PORT­EDLY NEAR SET­TLE­MENT

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New York: A law­suit brought against the NHL over what more than 100 for­mer play­ers claim was neg­li­gence in deal­ing with their head in­juries could be on the verge of a set­tle­ment. Ac­cord­ing to a Forbes re­port on Fri­day, the case is “on the verge” of a set­tle­ment agree­ment worth a to­tal of $18.9mn.

Per the re­port, the lead at­tor­ney for the play­ers is push­ing for ac­cep­tance of the agree­ment, which would give $6.9mn to the play­ers, or just $22,000 each. The law­suit was filed in November 2013.

In July 2018, a fed­eral judge de­nied a bid by the plain­tiffs to have the case re­ceive clas­s­ac­tion sta­tus, and ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the two sides be­gan with a few months of that rul­ing. Beyond their claims of neg­li­gence against the league, the for­mer play­ers say the NHL con­cealed the long-term risks of head in­juries.

The case has spurred sci­en­tific de­bates about the long-term con­se­quences of con­cus­sions and whether they lead to the de­bil­i­tat­ing brain dis­ease known as chronic trau­matic en­cephalopa­thy (CTE), the same con­di­tion that came to light in the NFL.

If the set­tle­ment is fi­nal­ized, it re­mains to be seen whether all of the play­ers in­volved would agree to be cov­ered or pur­sue the case in­di­vid­u­ally.

BRYANT SAYS ‘UL­TI­MATE TEST’ AMID IN­JURY RE­PORTS

Wide re­ceiver Dez Bryant tweeted his dis­may Fri­day as an in­jury de­railed his re­turn to the NFL in just his sec­ond prac­tice with the New Or­leans Saints. NFL Net­work re­ported the Saints feared Bryant suf­fered a torn Achilles ten­don that would pre­vent him taking the field for them this sea­son.

Bryant didn’t con­firm the na­ture of his in­jury, but in­di­cated it was some­thing se­ri­ous. “Things was just start­ing to heat up for me,” he tweeted. “I won’t ques­tion the man up­stairs...this is the ul­ti­mate test Thank you ev­ery­one for the prayers.”

The only ini­tial comment from the Saints was a list­ing on their Fri­day in­jury re­port, which showed Bryant as “ques­tion­able” for Sun­day’s game against Cincin­nati with an an­kle in­jury. But NFL Net­work re­ported Bryant had to be helped off the field af­ter he was hurt run­ning a rou­tine route and was un­der­go­ing an MRI.

Bryant, a for­mer star re­ceiver with the Dal­las Cow­boys, inked the one-year con­tract with the Saints on Wed­nes­day.

The 30-year-old hasn’t played an NFL game since Jan­uary 1 when the Cow­boys fin­ished the 2017 sea­son against the Philadel­phia Ea­gles. Dal­las re­leased Bryant on April 13, a split the player called “per­sonal” and not his choice.

RAVENS QB FLACCO BAT­TLING HIP IN­JURY

Bal­ti­more Ravens quar­ter­back Joe Flacco is un­der­go­ing tests on his hip to de­ter­mine whether he will be healthy enough to start in Week 11. Flacco was in­jured on the first se­ries of Bal­ti­more’s 23-16 loss to the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers in Week 9, the Ravens’ third con­sec­u­tive loss and fourth in the last five games. Flacco re­mained in the game de­spite show­ing vis­i­ble dis­com­fort on the side­lines through­out and was re­ported to have been on crutches and is deal­ing with sig­nif­i­cant pain. The Ravens are cur­rently on their bye week, but Flacco’s avail­abil­ity could be in doubt for Week 11 against Cincin­nati.

That could lead to rookie La­mar Jack­son mak­ing his first ca­reer start.

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