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Rypien Leads Class Action Suit vs. NFL Over 'Repeated Traumatic Head Injuries'

WashingtonTimes.com - Former Super Bowl MVP and Spokane native Mark Rypien has sued the NFL over "repeated traumatic head injuries" sustained during his 11-season career.    

Rypien is the lead plaintiff in a class-action suit filed March 23 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. One hundred twenty-six former players are part of the suit, including 14 other ex-Redskins,Tony Mandarich and Todd Marinovich.

The suit alleges the NFL was aware of the risks of repetitive traumatic brain injury but hid the information and misled players, resulting in permanent brain damage of neurological disorders.

According to the suit, Rypien "suffers from various neurological conditions and symptoms related to the multiple head traumas."

The same language is used for each of the 125 other plaintiffs, ex-Redskins Scott Galbraith, Ron Middleton and Ed Simmons among them.

Some have speculated NFL commssioner Roger Goddell's harsh penalties against the New Orleans Saints for their bounty program was, in part, a reaction to the flurry of concussion lawsuits.

Rypien quarterbacked the Redskins to a 37-24 win over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI and was named the game's most valuable player, the highlight of six seasons with the team. He also played for the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams.  

Rypien, 49, oversees the Rypien Foundation he established in 2004 to assist families battling childhood cancer.

Messages from the Washington Times seeking comment from Gene Locks, the case's lead attorney, and Rypien through his foundation weren't immediately returned Tuesday.

This the latest in a string of lawsuits targeting the NFL over head injuries. One site tracking the legal maneuvers, NFLConcussionLitigation.com, estimates 51 lawsuits have been filed against the NFL. That includes five wrongful death lawsuits.

Rypien's suit covers eight counts including, like many of the other suits, conspiracy to defraud, fraud and negligence.

In 1995, Rypien told USA Today he sustained two concussions in his career.

"I thought that was two too many," Rypien said.

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