NHL CONCUSSION LAWSUIT REPORTEDLY NEAR SETTLEMENT
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.