NFL concussion saga moves to new phase: litigation

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After congressional hearings, increased media attention and revised rules, the NFL's concussion saga has entered its next phase: litigation.

More than 125 former pro football players are suing the league - and, in most cases, helmet-maker Riddell - via at least five complaints brought in state or federal courts over the past few months and as recently as last week. They say the league knew about the dangers of head injuries and didn't warn players.

They're believed to be the first examples of former players joining together to file concussion-related lawsuits against the NFL. Many players' wives also are plaintiffs.

A lawyer who represents the NFL tells The Associated Press players knew there were risks of injury when they decided to play football and there was no misconduct by the league.