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Marino to withdraw concussion suit

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Former Miami Dolphins quarterback and Hall of Famer Dan Marino is withdrawing his name from concussion litigation against the NFL.

Marino was one of 15 players who filed suit last week in federal court in Philadelphia, joining more than 4,800 others who alleged they were not infomred about the long-term effects of concussions.

"Within the last year, I authorized a claim to be filed on my behalf just in case I needed future medical coverage to protect me and my family in the event I later suffered from the effects of head trauma," Marino said in a statement. "In so doing I did not realize I would be automatically listed as a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the NFL. I have made the decision it is not necessary for me to be part of any claims or this lawsuit and therefore I am withdrawing as a plaintiff effective immediately.

"I am sympathetic to other players who are seeking relief who may have suffered head injuries. I also disclaim any references in the form complaint of current head injuries."

Marino reportedly had two documented concussions in his 17-year NFL career.

The suit alleges the NFL "actively, aggressively and deliberately conspired with its team members and/or independent contractors who were directed to continuously discount and reject the causal connection between multiple concussions suffered while playing in the NFL, a non-scientific return-to-play policy for players suffering concussions and the chronic long-term effects of those head injuries."

According to the lawsuit, the league has known about concussion-related injuries since the early 1970s.

The other former players filing suit with Marino, as reported Monday by the Los Angeles Times, are Erik Affholter, Richard Bishop, Bruce Clark, Chris Dugan, Anthony Grant, Mark Green, John Huddleston, Ethan Johnson, LaCurtis Jones, Peter Manning, Moses Moreno, Toddrick McIntosh, Jackie Wallace and Dwight Wheeler.

The NFL's previously stated position is that the league hasn't concealed any information related to head or brain injuries that might occur while playing.
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