FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2011 file photo, former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon speaks during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, honoring the Bears' 1985 Super Bowl XX win. The NFL agreed Wednesday, June 25, 2014 to remove a $675 million cap on damages from thousands of concussion-related claims after a federal judge questioned whether there would be enough money to cover as many as 20,000 retired players. More than 4,500 former players have filed suit, some accusing the
NFL Agrees to Remove Cap on Concussion Damages
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The NFL has agreed to remove a cap on concussion-related damages after a judge questioned whether a proposed settlement provided enough money to cover retired players.
A revised settlement agreement filed Wednesday also eliminates a provision that barred anyone who gets concussion damages from the NFL from suing the NCAA or other amateur football leagues.
U.S. District Judge Anita Brody had denied preliminary approval of the deal in January that set a $675 million cap on damages, because she worried the money could run out sooner than expected. The settlement is designed to last at least 65 years and cover retirees who develop Lou Gehrig's disease and other neurological problems.
More than 4,500 former players have filed suit, some accusing the league of fraud for its handling of concussions.