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Three ex-NFL players living in Maryland file suit against league

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Three former NFL players living in Maryland have filed a suit against the league alleging it hid information about the long-term health effects of concussions and endangered players' lives by "mythologizing" violent hits.

The class-action suit seeks more than $600 million in compensatory and punitive damages. The players join almost 4,000 peers in filing suit against the league, according to Paul D. Anderson, a lawyer who specializes in advocating for traumatic brain injury victims and retired NFL players’ rights.

The plaintiffs in the suit, filed Oct. 5 in Queen Anne's County, are Jody Schulz, Warren Powers and Willie Williams.

Schulz, 52, lives in Queen Anne's County and was a linebacker and special teams player for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1983 to 1987. Powers, 47, resides in Carroll County and played on the defensive line for three teams from 1989 to 1993; he is a Baltimore native and played at Maryland. Williams, 41, played cornerback for the Steelers and Seahawks from 1993 to 2005 and lives in Montgomery County.

All three say they suffer from various neurological conditions and symptoms related to multiple head traumas.

The complaint lists NFL Films videos -- such as "The Best of Thunder and Destruction: NFL's Hardest Hits," and "Crunch Course" (I and II) -- as evidence that the NFL promoted activities that put the players in danger of injuries that the league knew could leave them severely disabled for the rest of their lives.

Jamal Lewis is the most prominent former Raven involved in such a case.

(Tip of my newsboy-style cap to the intrepid Justin Fenton for noticing this.)

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