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Former NFL players to consolidate concussion lawsuits against NFL

June 06, 2012|By Sam Farmer
  • Former Atlanta Falcons safety Ray Easterling, shown in 1975, committed suicide after suffering from dementia.
Former Atlanta Falcons safety Ray Easterling, shown in 1975, committed… (Associated Press )

More than 2,000 former NFL players and their families will file a “master complaint” in court Thursday, consolidating their nearly 100 concussion-related lawsuits against the NFL.

The complaint will be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleging that the NFL “deliberately and fraudulently concealed from its players the link between football-related head impacts and long-term neurological injuries.”

Lawyers representing the plaintiffs say the complaint will allow former players and their families “to finally hold the League accountable for its misconduct.”

Scheduled to speak with reporters on a conference call Thursday are Mary Ann Easterling and Kevin Turner.

Easterling is the widow of former Atlanta Falcons safety Ray Easterling, who committed suicide after suffering from dementia.

Turner is a former NFL fullback who suffers from Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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