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Report: NCAA concussion suit could grow exponentially

A large number of former players may be added as plaintiffs.

Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

A significant number of former players could be added as plaintiffs to a class-action lawsuit filed against the NCAA regarding concussions, via CBS Sports.

Former North Carolina State player Dan Ahem and former Tennessee players Chris Walker and Ben Martin are the current plaintiffs on the suit, which is looking for the NCAA to set up a system to help former players with lingering medical conditions suffered during their playing days.

This case differs from one filed by former Eastern Illinois player Adrian Arrington in that it applies to all 50 states, while Arrington's covers less than 20. Michael Hausfield told CBS Sports his firm -- Hausfield LLP, which is also representing players in the Ed O'Bannon player likeness case -- has received calls from "scores" of former players, and it is unknown just how large the suit could grow to.

The NCAA provides insurance for players who suffer catastrophic injuries -- defined as injuries that cost more than $90,000 in medical expenses. However, the NCAA only covers up to $100,000 in such cases.

An ESPN poll found 33 percent of college football players lied about having concussions. The NCAA implemented a new targeting rule this season in an attempt to lessen head injuries.

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