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Five former players for the Kansas City Chiefs — all of whom suffered head injuries while playing — filed a lawsuit yesterday (Dec. 3) against the team, charging management was aware of head dangers but didn't disclose it to players. They did not sue the National Football League, which earlier this year agreed to a $765 million settlement with 4500 players.

One of the players, Joseph Phillips, played for the Chargers from 1987 to 1991. The other players are Alexander Cooper, Leonard Griffin, Christopher Martin, and Kevin Porter.

The suit claims each retired player is suffering fron "post-concussion syndrome and latent brain disease" and has displayed symptons of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), according to USA Today.

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shirleyberan Dec. 4, 2013 @ 1:58 p.m.

I'll have to look it up later, but I have heard that it only takes a few concussions to generate serious brain problems. These poor guys are getting hammered in practice and "games".

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Don Bauder Dec. 4, 2013 @ 7:25 p.m.

shirleyberan. Absolutely. I have followed this. Hits in practice have the same effect as hits in a game. Best, Don Bauder

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danfogel Dec. 9, 2013 @ 7:16 a.m.

I agree that hard hits in practice can have the same effects as those in the that occur during the game, but at least there are fewer of those hard hits occurring in practice.

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Don Bauder Dec. 9, 2013 @ 7:57 a.m.

danfogel: True -- hard hits come less often in practice. However, from everything I have read, the vulnerability to CTE and other head injuries comes from repeated hits, both in practice and in games. Best, Don Bauder

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danfogel Dec. 9, 2013 @ 12:26 p.m.

Actually, I was referring to the fact that teams are only permitted to have 14 full-contact practices during the season, with at least 11 in the first 11 weeks of the season, and a max of only 1 per week. Having a lot less contact in practice greatly reduces the number of hits and therefore the the chances of injury, head or otherwise.

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Don Bauder Dec. 9, 2013 @ 2:28 p.m.

danfogel: Less contact in practice does reduce the chances of head injury in most cases. But constant hits, beginning in Pop Warner Football, in high school, in college and then in the pros, add up to staggering vulnerability. High school kids can suffer fatal head injuries. Best, Don Bauder

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