Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 6/15/12
LeRoy Butler would try to guess the number of concussions he suffered as an NFL player, but he knows any attempt to pinpoint specifics is futile. "The word concussions was not prevalent," said Butler, who played with the Green Bay Packers during his entire NFL career (1990-2001). "When we played, it was just that your bell got rung or you've got cobwebs. It wasn't widely known that you just went through trauma to the head." Butler is among a group of nearly 80 former Packers players -- and more than 2,000 former NFL players overall -- involved in lawsuits against the NFL over concussion-related issues. More than 80 pending lawsuits were consolidated into a master complaint list filed last week in Philadelphia. Among the biggest points of contention by Butler and others is that the league withheld information regarding the dangers of concussions for years. By concealing that information, Butler said, star players would be likelier to return to games with more immediacy, helping to...
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