LOS ANGELES: The widow of former Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler has joined a concussion lawsuit against the NFL, USA Today reported.
Rose Stabler was among those who joined a civil racketeering lawsuit in documents filed in federal court.
The amended complaint submitted to the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami lists former NFL players Tracy Scroggins, Quinn Gray and Danny Gorrer along with Rose Stabler as plaintiffs.
The suit contends they were left out of the NFL’s near $1 billion concussion settlement because of an April 2015 cutoff date.
Scroggins had filed his original lawsuit last week.
Tim Howard, the attorney representing the plaintiffs, said the NFL was guilty of “fraud and conspiracy” in covering up the fact that repeated head trauma to players led to the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
Stabler, who led the Oakland Raiders to their first championship in Super Bowl XI and will be inducted this year in to the Hall of Fame, died last July at the age of 69 from colon cancer.
He was posthumously diagnosed with CTE by research at Boston University.
Boston University has now found CTE in 90 of the 94 former NFL players it has studied, seven of which were quarterbacks.
In April of last year, the NFL agreed to settle a lawsuit and pay $765 million to about 5,000 former players over health claims linked to concussion and head injury.
But the issue continues to dog the league, and its top health executive made headlines in March when he became the first senior league official to acknowledge a link between football-related head trauma and CTE.
Jeff Miller, the NFL vice president of health and safety, questioned about such a link at a roundtable organized by US legislators in Washington, said the answer was “certainly yes”.
That followed years of downplaying the possibility of such a connection, even as the league moved to allay fears by instituting its concussion protocols and rule changes designed to reduce the number of head injuries players endure.