Brain injuries haunt Patriots players from 3 Super Bowl teams: suit

Forty-two players on the New England Patriots first three Super Bowl teams are part of a class-action lawsuit against the NFL and helmet maker Riddell alleging that they have symptoms of brain injuries caused by repetitive blows to the head during games and practices, according to a report.

In total, more than 340 former Patriots or their estates have sued the NFL and Riddell over brain injuries since the team was founded in 1960, including a number of Hall of Famers, the Boston Globe reported on Saturday.

There are days when I just wake up and don’t want to be around anybody, Gay told the Globe. I just want to be in a room by myself, not doing anything, not even watching TV, and I can’t explain what’s going on.

Otis Smith, a defensive back who played on the team’s first Super Bowl victory in 2002, said mood swings are common among former Patriots players.

Smith, 52, who retired in 2003, said many of the injuries were probably caused before the NFL established concussion protocols.

If you took a bad hit and got dizzy, they called it a stinger and gave you some smelling salts and you were back on the field again, he said of the response to head injuries before 2000.

About $284 million so far has been distributed to about 250 players as part of the suit’s settlement.

And many more are waiting for funds to help them with treatment, the report said.

The Jets’ offensive line was not as bad last year as some people made it out to be, but they need an upgrade at center. Richburg washed out with the Giants, losing his starting job last year, but might be able to move across town and revive his career.

Cousins posted a goodbye to the Redskins on his website on Monday. Initially, the post had Vikings and Jets tags at the bottom of it. Some saw this as a possible clue to the leaders for his services, but it could have just been someone at his website getting a little ahead of themselves. The tags were later removed.

As I’m about to make one of the bigger decisions of my life, I’ll be saying goodbye to my familiar life as a Redskin, Cousins wrote. After calling Washington home for the past six years, the team has decided to move on to another option and, in turn, my family and I will be moving on as well.

Mixon was part of a three-headed running back combination last year that won’t be in place again this season. No one expects Jeremy Hill to return as a free agent and Bengals player personnel director Duke Tobin made it clear that the team is slotting Mixon into the top spot on the depth chart.

Joe really came on for us in the later part of the year, second half of the season. He’s going to be our bell cow running back, Tobin said, via ESPN.com. We are going to combine him with [Giovani Bernard] and we really feel good about that position group.

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