NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Four former NFL players have sued the league and its helmet maker, claiming they hid information about the dangers of brain injury.
The ex-players — Jimmy Williams, Rich Mauti, Jimmy Keyes and Nolan Franz — filed the federal lawsuit in New Orleans on Sunday.
Last week, the NFL tentatively agreed to pay $765 million to past players with concussion-related health problems. The co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in that case told The Advocate of Baton Rouge he expects the complaint of the four to be made part of the settlement.
The league had no comment on the new suit, which claims the league and helmet maker Riddell Inc. failed to protect players from brain injuries. Riddell isn’t part of the proposed settlement.
The players’ careers ranged from the late 1960s to the early 1980s.