Brain injury group: Concussion award scheme flawed

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A national brain injury group says the proposed payout scheme for NFL concussion-related injuries is "deeply flawed."

The Brain Injury Association of America says it believes the proposed awards favor retired players with memory and neuromuscular problems. The group says it excludes former players battling mood swings, aggression and many other problems.

The group's Tuesday court filing seeks the right to weigh in when a federal judge in Philadelphia reviews the settlement plan in November.

The NFL has agreed to provide at least $675 million over 65 years to ex-players diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, dementia and other serious neurocognitive problems. The total settlement, including research and medical testing, is $765 million.

Lead players' lawyer Christopher Seeger calls the agreement "an extraordinary settlement for retired NFL players and their families."