- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 4, 2014

PRO FOOTBALL

MIAMI (AP) - Dan Marino says he inadvertently became a plaintiff in a concussion lawsuit against the NFL and is withdrawing immediately.

The Hall of Fame quarterback said he doesn’t suffer any effects from head injuries.

“Within the last year I authorized a claim to be filed on my behalf, just in case I needed future medical coverage to protect me and my family in the event I later suffered from the effects of head trauma,” Marino said in a statement Tuesday. “I did not realize I would be automatically listed as a plaintiff. … I have made the decision it is not necessary for me to be part of any claims or this lawsuit, and therefore I am withdrawing as a plaintiff.”

Marino was by far the best-known of 15 former players who filed a lawsuit in federal court in Philadelphia last week.

TORONTO (AP) - The president of the Canadian Football League Players’ Association says a work stoppage is closer after the league rejected the union’s most recent offer for a new labor deal.

The players tabled a new offer Monday that called for a shorter term and included concessions on the salary cap and the amount of revenue that would trigger the renegotiation of the deal.

The two sides haven’t met face-to-face since Thursday and no new talks are scheduled.

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