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NFL Sued Again Over Concussions

The concussion lawsuits against the NFL are not going away anytime soon as yet another has recently been filed. Javhid Best recently filed stating, that the NFL "was aware of the evidence and the risks associated with repetitive traumatic brain injuries … but deliberately ignored and actively concealed the information." Not surprisingly, Riddell, the company which makes the helmets, was also named as a defendant.

However, Cal, the university where Best played, and suffered at least two of his concussions, was apparently not named as a defendant. Earlier this month, Best was accepted onto the coaching staff for Cal. Also, the Detroit was not named as a defendant in the lawsuit. Instead, he is apparently pursing them via a worker's compensation claim.

According to the personal injury lawyer for Best, one of the goals of the lawsuit I set set up a medical fund for Best to help Best deal with the potential future medical complications. Best's lawyer said, "So one of the goals of the litigation is to protect Mr. Best down the road in terms of his medical condition and problems that he may have in the future."

After dealing with concussions in College, what did Best think would happen in the NFL, where the players are even bigger, stronger, and faster. Did he think they had a magic pill to prevent concussions. The NFL is left is a difficult spot. On one hand, they are now protecting the players and have implemented stringent rules preventing players from returning to the field after a head injury. On the other hand, players and fans want to see the guys play. In the playoffs, Jamaal Charles wanted to come back into the game, but he was not allowed to.

The team lost. Jamaal is insistent that his team would have won if he would have been allowed back in. As Chief's fans unfortunately remember, we suffered from one of the biggest comebacks ever in a playoff game. Despite our huge lead, we ended up losing to the Colts. If but for the concussion rules, we would have perhaps won.