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Former Buffalo Bills Player Robert Royal Among Group Seeking More from Concussion Deal

May 6th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

Former Buffalo Bills tight end Robert Royal is among seven former NFL players challenging the league's settlement with ex-players regarding concussions.

The motion filed by the seven players says the $765 million settlement falls well short of meeting the original suit's demands. They say it won't compensate the former players or any other players who might suffer brain injuries. The suit asks the court to step in and ensure former players are adequately taken care of.

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Royal and the other claimants say they suffer from noise sensitivity, problems seeing, chronic pain depression and memory issues. They say these symptoms toward the onset of chronic traumatic encephalopathy – the type of brain damage that led Junior Seau to commit suicide. Their suit says they have to opt out of the original claim because that claim specifically bars ex-players from collecting any money without meeting a certain set of criteria that show CTE has already set in. 

The 34-year-old Royal was on the Bills from 2006-08. He played 47 games in that span, catching 37 passes for seven touchdowns. He also played for the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns, finishing his nine-year career in 2010 with 128 catches for 1,271 yards and 14 touchdowns.

The other claimants in the new suit are special teams player Sean Morey, offensive linemen Alan Faneca and Ben Hamilton, fullback Rock Cartwright, linebacker Jeff Rohrer and safety Sean Considine.

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, concussion, Football, NFL, Robert Royal, Washington Redskins

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