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Reactions To NFL Head Injuries Settlement Mixed

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A $765 million settlement that many of the 4,500 retired players who filed lawsuits against the NFL call a win is being called a long-term loss by others.

With the sport's hard hits, concussions, and resulting medical issues at the heart of the suits...former players and their families are accusing the NFL of deliberately covering up the dangers of the blows to the head which, according to ESPN Sports Science, can be the equivalent of taking a sledge hammer to the head.

"They knew about it and they didn't tell us. That's just like flat out lying to you," says former NFL player Jim McMahon.

The money the NFL has agreed to pay will go towards funding medical and safety research, covering litigation expenses, and providing medical benefits and injury compensation for retired players, including former running back Kevin Turner, who is now  battling ALS.

"You can get on with treating your problem and not worrying about, you know, having the money," Turner says.

By settling the lawsuits, the NFL avoids having to reveal their internal files about the dangers of football and escapes having to admit any wrongdoing and that, many critics say, is the problem.

That really worries me. Until football admits that there is a causal link between playing the game and these injuries, we are not going to see those changes...and for every player in the NFL, there are thousands at lower levels," says Dr. Richard Besser, who is ABC News' senior medical editor.

Marci Gonzalez, reporting: "A federal judge still needs to approve the settlement, which some feel is a slap on the wrist, adding up to just a fraction of the NFL's annual revenue."

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