Older NFL Players May Not Qualify For Concussion Settlement

NFL_Roger_Goodell_2013New details from the NFL’s $765 million proposed concussion settlement reveal that the first players diagnosed with football-related brain damage would be shut out of the deal. And with the number of confirmed brain damage cases growing, some players and attorneys told “Outside the Lines” they fear there isn’t enough money to cover all eligible players diagnosed with such injuries.

Former players report widespread confusion over who will qualify for compensation and how the money will be distributed. Details described to “Outside the Lines” by sources familiar with the settlement — along with new statistics on the incidence of football-related brain damage — underscore the concerns voiced by some players and lawyers:

The proposed settlement disqualifies most players who died before 2006, even if they were diagnosed with football-related brain damage.

Source: Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada, ESPN.com