NFL union chief asks league to allow worker's comp claims
January 29th, 2013
11:04 AM ET

NFL union chief asks league to allow worker's comp claims

The head of the National Football League Players Association says the league can take quick steps to help players' health by ending its opposition to the players' worker compensation cases.

DeMaurice Smith spoke CNN's Carol Costello in an exclusive interview on Tuesday after word that the union is giving $100 million to a Harvard Univeristy-led study on player health.

The study will take 10 years, but Smith said the league can start making things better for players now.

“We are asking the National Football League to stop fighting our players on their worker’s comp cases, which is the main way our players get health care for the injuries they suffer at work," Smith said.

He said that reducing violence in the game should not be the focus of a debate raging in the wake of the deaths of former stars Junior Seau, Dave Duerson and others who've suffered concussion-related injuries.

“The real question should be, 'What are we willing to do as both the National Football League and the players, to decrease the risks that we know are inherent, but, most importantly, to make sure that when players are hurt that they’re taken care of by their employer.' And that is a substantial step that we still need to get to with the National Football League," Smith said.

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  1. Marc L from NY

    Conveniently omitted from the discussion and lawsuit by the former players is whether they have ever taking PEDs/ steroids and whether that also plays a part in their injuries.

    January 30, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Heh

    Univeristy? Genius.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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