Dan Marino is among 5,000 former NFL players, including 41 Hall of Famers, who are suing the league over concussions, according to federal filings obtained by Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times. The report notes that Marino filed suit in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia — where 14 other players have also sued — last week, and makes similar claims as past litigation against the league:
The 18-page complaint alleges the NFL concealed information about football-related brain injuries and misled players. … “On information and belief, the Plaintiff … sustained repetitive, traumatic sub-concussive and/or concussive head impacts during NFL games and/or practices,” the short-form complaint said.
Marino’s suit seeks unspecified financial damages, and comes as the NFL’s $765 million settlement with former players remains in limbo.
Update: Dan Marino now reportedly plans to withdraw from the suit. “It was never Marino’s intention to initiate litigation in this case, but to ensure that in the event he had adverse health consequences down the road, he would be covered with health benefits. They are working to correct the error,” a source told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
It sounds like Marino’s camp is trying to say that the former Dolphins quarterback’s connection to the case was some sort of clerical error; this brief saga has been very bizarre.
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