The number of former Washington Redskins publicly suing the NFL over concussions grew by one Tuesday, when Super Bowl-winning defensive end Dexter Manley was revealed to be one of 38 plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania.
From Nathan Fenno of the Washington Times:
He's the fourth member of the Redskins‘ Ring of Fame to sue, joining Len Hauss, Billy Kilmer and Art Monk, among over 200 ex-Redskins in the lawsuits. Last week, former Redskins running back Stephen Davis detailed the memory loss he attributed to concussions that forced him to use a tape recorder to remember basic conversations and led him to sue.
The suit alleges that the NFL has concealed the long-term effects of concussions, to which the league will likely respond as it usually does, by saying that the lawsuits are without merit and that player safety has always been a priority.
But to us, it seems likely that there will be far more of these suits in the near future (over 2,700 ex-players have filed over 100 lawsuits, according to Fenno), and we will be watching with great interest to see how any court rules on them.