Webster estate suing league
LOS ANGELES – The estate of NFL Hall of Famer Mike Webster and dozens of former players suing the league over concussion injuries agreed Friday to pause their lawsuit to see if it will join other similar cases being reviewed by a federal judge for settlement.
Webster’s estate and 65 former players and their families sued the NFL in February, claiming the league hid information about the seriousness of concussions and head injuries sustained during their playing careers.
Attorneys for the NFL and the plaintiffs filed a stipulation Friday to stay the case to see if it should join other concussion lawsuits currently assigned to a judge in Pennsylvania. Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody is considering whether a $765 million settlement is enough to resolve all claims against the NFL for players who are dealing with dementia and other serious cognitive conditions caused by concussions sustained during their pro careers.
Webster, who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers for most of his career, was instrumental in four of the team’s Super Bowl victories in the 1970s. He died in 2002.
Six of the players included in the case are deceased, including Steelers offensive linemen Terry Long and Justin Strzelczyk.
The NFL declined to comment on the case.
The lawsuit, like others filed against the NFL, claims the league hid evidence of the long-term damage players faced due to concussions and did not provide players with proper helmets. The players are also suing helmet-maker Riddell Inc. on claims that its helmets did not adequately protect players and that the company didn’t warn players of the dangers of concussions.
Raiders get Schaub
ALAMEDA, Calif. – Matt Schaub and the Oakland Raiders are both hoping to put the mistakes of 2013 in the past. The Raiders acquired Schaub from Houston on Friday for an undisclosed draft pick, giving the quarterback a second chance after he lost his starting job with the Texans last season.
The deal also is a second chance for Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie, whose trade last spring for Matt Flynn was a bust when he couldn’t win the starting job and was eventually released early in the season.
Schaub comes in as the presumptive starter ahead of Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin, who were inconsistent last year as Oakland had a second straight four-win season.
Schaub, 32, was Houston’s starter from 2007 until last season, when he was benched in favor of Case Keenum after a terrible start to the year.
Jets sign Vick
The New York Jets have signed QB Michael Vick and released Mark Sanchez.
The Sanchez move comes as no surprise. He competed for the starting quarterback job with rookie Geno Smith last season in training camp, but the competition was cut short when Sanchez injured his right shoulder in a preseason game.
He missed all of last season recovering from surgery. Vick was a free agent after playing for the Eagles for the last five seasons.
The Jets traded up in the 2009 draft to pick Sanchez No. 5 overall out of Southern California.