By Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The National Football League has agreed to lift a cap on damages to settle a lawsuit by former players who suffered concussions during NFL games.

More than four-thousand former players are seeking compensation, claiming the NFL knew and hid the danger of repeated concussions.

The league tried to settle the suit for $675 million, but federal judge Anita Brody rejected the offer, saying it would not be enough to cover all the players who might qualify for damages.

Now, after months of negotiation — and a threat to intervene by several players who were not part of the suit — the NFL says there will be no limit on how much it will pay to injured players.

Judge Brody has not indicated whether she’ll approve the new offer.

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