Earlier this week, Sam dropped an excellent article on us unwashed, pantsless Internet masses about the dangers of concussions and what they mean to the NFL and professional sports as an enterprise, and more specifically, how they could eventually lead to "the demise of football." While the NFL has taken extra measures to protect players from concussions and other serious injuries, that hasn't stopped a group of former New Orleans Saints players from throwing their names in a class-action lawsuit, saying the NFL should have known for years about concussion dangers and risks.
The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, accuses the NFL of ignoring players' concussion risks for years "despite overwhelming medical evidence that on-field concussions led directly to brain injuries and frequently had tragic repercussions for retired players."
A 2000 survey of more than 1,000 former NFL players found that more than 60 percent had suffered at least one concussion, while 26 percent had suffered three or more during their careers, according to the lawsuit.
This certainly isn't the first time the NFL (and equipment-manufacturer Riddell) have endured concussion lawsuits and it won't be the last, and while the NFL is making some attempts to increase player safety, will there be a point where the league eventually has to capitulate and make even more changes?