PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge in Philadelphia plans to rule next month on whether former players can sue the National Football League over concussion-related injuries.
The NFL wants the complaints handled in arbitration, not in court.READ MORE: Brotherly Love: Zummo Bike Donating Refurbished Bikes To Montgomery County Kids For Seven Years Strong
Lawyers for more than 4,200 players say in their lawsuits that the league hid the known risks of concussions and rushed players back into the game.READ MORE: Only Part Of MLK Drive Will Reopen To Vehicles On Wednesday Due To Bridge Repairs
Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody says she expects to issue her ruling July 22 on whether the lawsuits can go forward.
Brody heard brief arguments in early April from a pair of nationally prominent lawyers, David Frederick for the players and Paul Clement for the league.MORE NEWS: Upper Merion School District: Teachers, Staff Must Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Or Routinely Get Tested
Many former players say they suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological conditions and believe that they stem from on-field concussions.