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Former football players are likelier to suffer “cognitive deficits and depression as they grow older,” and to develop abnormalities in the size of brain matter and blood flow, compared with a healthy control group, a new study suggested.

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More than 3,000 former players and their families have filed a class-action lawsuit against the National Football League, alleging that the organization downplayed the risks associated with head injuries and “fostered a culture of violent play.”

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More than 100 former professional football players Thursday joined the growing list of those who are suing the NFL over concussion-related injuries.

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