Dan Marino Sues NFL Over Concussions

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Monday, 02 Jun 2014 08:55 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Former Miami Dolphins quarterback and Hall of Famer Dan Marino is suing the National Football League, saying his storied career left him with concussion-related injuries, The Los Angeles Times reports.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia even as a settlement to cover all retired NFL players was being worked on, The Times reports.

The 18-page complaint alleges the NFL hid information about football-related brain injuries and misled players. The Times reports the claims are similar to those made in more than 300 related lawsuits.

The NFL has denied the claims.

No specific symptoms are alleged for Marino, 52, who played in nine Pro Bowl games while with the Dolphins from 1983 to 1999. A short-form complaint was filed by Marino and 14 other plaintiffs, The Times reports.

"On information and belief, the Plaintiff . . . sustained repetitive, traumatic sub-concussive and/or concussive head impacts during NFL games and/or practices," Marino's individual complaint states.

Marino is seeking medical monitoring and unspecified financial recovery, the report says.

More than 4,000 players were part of a class-action lawsuit still being negotiated, with at least 40 other Hall of Famers among the plaintiffs, Forbes notes.

But Marino is the highest-profile ex-player involved in a lawsuit, Forbes reports.

He has set or still holds more than two dozen NFL records, and has been a studio analyst for HBO's "Inside the NFL" for five years and for "NFL Today" on CBS for more than a decade.

Marino was let go by CBS earlier this year.

The NFL has said for years that neurological problems stemming from concussions are rare among its players, but a PBS Frontline investigation and scientific studies revealed multiple blows to the head can cause serious and permanent brain problems, Business Insider notes.

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