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Former Redskins QB Mark Rypien And 125 Ex-Players File Concussion Lawsuit Against NFL

by Chuck Carroll
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Quarterback Mark Rypien of the Washington Redskins looks on during Super Bowl XXVI against the Buffalo Bills at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The Reskins won the game, 37-24.  Rypien was named the game's MVP. (credit: Getty Images)

Quarterback Mark Rypien of the Washington Redskins looks on during Super Bowl XXVI against the Buffalo Bills at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Reskins won the game, 37-24. Rypien was named the game’s MVP. (credit: Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The topic of the concussions among NFL players was cast into the spotlight again recently as former Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien and 125 other former players sued the NFL over the lingering effects of the head injuries.

The lawsuit states Rypien, who is the lead plaintiff, suffered “repeated traumatic injuries to his head” during his NFL career.

The Super Bowl XXVI MVP is one of 15 former Redskins named in the class-action lawsuit according to the Washington Times.

The plaintiffs allege the league hid information or otherwise misled players regarding the effects of brain injuries. The players claim those actions resulted in permanent brain damage.

Former Redskins Tony Mandarich and Todd Marinovich were also among the plaintiffs in the suit.

The 49-year-old Rypien disclosed he now suffers from a number of neurological conditions related to the concussions he sustained during his playing career.

The lawsuit, filed March 23 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, is the latest in a string of concussion-related suits against the league.

The family of former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson alleges brain trauma suffered during his playing career directly attributed to his suicide.

Shortly before his death, Duerson texted his family to request his brain be used to research chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). He then fired a fatal gunshot wound into his chest.

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