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More Players Join NFL Concussion Suits; File in PA

MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press Writer
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Don DiCicco #58 of the Chicago Bears holds a bag of ice on his head after an injury during the game  against the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field on September 11, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Don DiCicco #58 of the Chicago Bears holds a bag of ice on his head after an injury during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field on September 11, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A third lawsuit has been filed in Philadelphia by retired NFL players over brain injuries allegedly caused by on-field concussions, a week before U.S. judges decide whether to consolidate similar cases filed around the country.

At least eight similar lawsuits have been filed in New York, New Jersey, Georgia and Florida.

The lawsuits claim the National Football League hid evidence linking concussions to permanent brain injuries. Two-time Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon and hundreds of other players have signed on. They say they have symptoms ranging from memory loss to depression to degenerative brain disease.

The suit filed Wednesday involves seven players, including former Philadelphia Eagles Ron Solt, Joe Panos and Rich Miano.

The NFL hopes to consolidate the lawsuits in Philadelphia, where the first suit was filed last year.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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