The national debate surrounding the safety of the NFL and the long-term effects of players who suffer concussions is something that is currently seeing a lot of media attention. These debates and the scrutiny of NFL safety practices will only intensify in the months -- and perhaps years -- to come, as close to 2,000 former players have brought lawsuits against the league for head injuries.
The latest former player to sue the NFL is Art Monk, who spent 14 seasons with the Washington Redskins. According to Nathan Fenno of the Washington Times, the Hall of Fame wide receiver is suing both the league and helmet manufacturer Riddell, citing short term memory loss, headaches and speech difficulties as a result of concussions suffered over the course of his career.
Similar to the other lawsuits, Monk's accuses the NFL of knowing and concealing the long-term effects of concussions while "engaging in a long-running course of negligent and fraudulent conduct."
"Players who suffered concussions were told by the NFL and its agents not to be overly concerned, and were regularly returned to game action mere minutes after sustaining them," the lawsuit said.
Monk may be the sort of high-profile former player to really take these legal proceedings to the front pages.