Published May 21, 2012
| Sports Network
Houston, TX – Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson has joined the list of players filing concussion-related lawsuits against the NFL.
A suit filed Monday in the Southern District of Texas on behalf of Dickerson and 14 other retired players says the NFL "has put its profits ahead of the health and well being of its players."
Dozens of similar suits have been filed across the country claiming the NFL has discounted the long-term health affects of concussions.
Dickerson, fellow Hall of Famer John Randle and 13 other former players accuse the NFL of negligence, intentional misrepresentation, fraudulent concealment, negligent misrepresentation and conspiracy in the matter.
They are seeking compensatory and punitive damages and court costs.
An NFL spokesman did not immediately return an email from The Sports Network seeking comment Monday night.
Among the other plaintiffs in Monday's suit are the estates of Ernie Stautner, a Hall of Fame defensive tackle, and former offensive lineman David Lunceford.
The suit says Stautner and Lunceford both suffered from various neurological conditions when they died, including Alzheimer's and other symptoms related to multiple head traumas.
Stautner died in 2006 at the age of 80 and Lunceford was 75 when he died in 2009.
The suit says the NFL failed to "take effective action" to protect players and failed to inform them of "the true risks associated with concussions" despite what it said was overwhelming medical evidence that concussions have led to brain injuries and "tragic repercussions" for retired players.
The suit, first reported by NFLConcussionLitigation.com, says Dickerson faces "various neurological conditions and symptoms" because of repeated traumatic impacts and multiple concussions during his 11-year career.
Dickerson, now 51, rushed for 13,259 yards for the Rams, Colts, Raiders and Falcons -- ranking second all-time when he retired. His 2,105 rushing yards in 1984 is still a single-season NFL record.
Randle had 137.5 sacks in 14 seasons for the Vikings and Seahawks, including eight seasons in a row with 10 or more, which ranks second all-time behind Reggie White.
Now 44, Randle suffers from neurological conditions and symptoms related to multiple head traumas, the suit says.