Former Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien and 125 other former players have filed a mass-tort lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against the NFL over “repeated traumatic injuries” sustained during their careers.
According to the lawsuit, the NFL was aware of the risks of repeat traumatic injuries, but failed to disclose the information, and continued to mislead players regarding concussion injuries, which has caused permanent brain damage or neurological disorders, the Washington Times reports.
The lawsuit says the plaintiffs suffer from “various neurological conditions and symptoms related to the multiple head traumas.”
The NFL issued a statement saying, “The NFL has long made player safety a priority and continues to do so. Any allegation that the NFL intentionally sought to mislead players has no merit. It stands in contrast to the league’s actions to better protect players and advance the science and medical understanding of the management and treatment of concussions.”
An estimated 51 lawsuits have been filed against the NFL over repetitive head injuries, including two wrongful death lawsuits.