Family of Deceased Player Goes After NFL, While another Player Says Motive Is To Help Next Generation

As the number of players being represented in litigation against the NFL soars to 3,000, the stories, circumstances and spin continue to vary.

For example, the family of Chris Riehm, an offensive lineman for the Raiders from 1986 to 1988 who died in March, has sued the NFL, alleging that repeated head injuries was a cause or contributing factor in his death, and that the NFL “promoted and mythologized” violence.

The suit alleges wrongful death, negligence and fraud, and is seeking unspecified damages.

Meanwhile, former player Derrick Walker, who played nine NFL seasons for the San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders, has filed a concussion lawsuit in Detroit. Interestingly, the lawsuit claims that Walker was cleared by team staff on various occasions and was directed to return to the field, exposing him to further serious injuries.

His lawyer told the Detroit News that Walker hopes to help future players as well.

“Most importantly, Mr. Walker wants to have a seat at the table and a voice that can be heard regarding any resolution concerning matters where he is concerned as well as assist future generation(s) of NFL players in being protected against the injuries to which Mr. Walker’s generation were unnecessarily exposed,” the attorney said.

The extensive story can be read here: http://www.freep.com/article/20120724/NEWS01/120724034/national-football-league-NFL-lawsuit-concussions-U-S-district-court-detroit?odyssey=nav%7Chead

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