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The NFL has until Aug. 9 to file a motion to dismiss the master complaint in Pennsylvania.

“If they succeed at this stage, not only will the case itself go away, but they’ll be able to avoid the discovery stage,” said Marc Edelman, a sports law expert and professor at Barry University School of Law, “meaning the expense, the team and possibly the public relations nightmare of documents coming out that may be perceived negatively toward the league.”

‘Take some Advil and move on’

To Rypien, a concussion felt like an out-of-body experience.

His head rang and shook. There was noise like a high-pitched saw.

“Your jaw is feeling like, ‘What the heck is going on inside my mouth?’” Rypien said. “It’s not natural.”

Rypien, who sees a neurologist, was the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit with 125 other former players filed in March, after the 49-year-old grew alarmed over memory lapses he could no longer attribute to aging.

One violent hit sticks in Rypien’s mind. He described a playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings when Lohmiller kicked the game-winning field goal. But the game was Oct. 25, 1992, not during the playoffs. It’s another pothole in his memory that leaves Rypien unsettled.

In the fourth quarter, Rypien was flushed from the pocket and hit as he slid. A woozy Rypien jogged to the sideline to get the call for the final play to set up Lohmiller’s field goal. Coach Joe Gibbs told him to run a 50. Rypien insisted the call, a staple for the Redskins, wasn’t in the playbook.

The next week Rypien started against the San Francisco 49ers.

“You take some Advil and move on,” said Rypien, who believed he had four or five concussions in his 11-year career.

Rypien’s words are conflicted, his love of football, a game he calls the greatest in the world, colliding with basic details from conversations and daily life slipping from his mind like the ball from a receiver’s hands.

“Ninety-five percent [of the plaintiffs] exhibit the same symptoms or worse than Mark,” said Craig Mitnick, Rypien’s attorney. “This is a very, very real thing.”

‘They’ve turned their backs on us’

Mike Bass hurts. His shoulders. His ankles. His knees. His neck that eventually forced him to retire after intercepting 30 passes in seven seasons with the Redskins and, in Super Bowl VII, returning Miami Dolphins kicker Garo Yepremian’s fumble for a touchdown. Getting out of bed each morning isn’t easy.

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