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Former College Football Players Sue NCAA Over Concussions

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Several players have now joined a class-action lawsuit against the NCAA.

Another lawsuit has been filed against Indianapolis-based National Collegiate Athletics Association by former college football players who have suffered concussions. The suit claims that the NCAA did not do enough to protect football players from concussions leading to long-term health problems.

Law firms in Indianapolis and three other cities have joined in the class-action lawsuit filing.

As WISHTV reports, former University of Oregon and University of Washington quarterback John DuRocher and former University of Washington strong safety Darin Harris filed the suit.

It alleges that the players developed chronic headaches, chronic diseases, chronic dizziness, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or other physical or mental problems as a result of concussion sustained while playing.

“The complaint describes studies, some of which were funded by the NCAA itself, which reported that players should be given a 5-7 day window of down time after receiving what’s referred to as a mild, traumatic brain injury or concussion–a strong hit to the head. The NCAA ignored that standard and implemented what’s referred to as a 1 day return to play protocol, where they would just be put right back into the game,” said Richard Shevitz, a partner at Indianapolis based Cohen & Malad, which is serving as local counsel for the lawsuit.

In a separate case filed last month, three former college football players sued the NCAA for allegedly failing to educate players and disclose the risk of concussions.

Network Indiana contributed to this report.

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