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Frostburg State University football player Derek Sheely with his mother, Kristen (right), who says, "We're haunted with the terrible unreality all the time." (Photograph provided by the Sheely family)

Congress wants answers about NCAA concussion policy

Congress wants answers about how the NCAA handles concussions. Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) wrote NCAA president Mark Emmert on Tuesday after learning about the August 2011 death of Frostburg State football player Derek Sheely from brain injury.

FILE - In this March 22, 2007 file photo, Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey shows off his Super Bowl V rings  at his Baltimore home. Mackey died in 2011 after a 10-year battle with dementia. His wife, Syvia, remained by his side throughout, and she continues to show her support by educating parents, mental health providers and athletes about sports-related head injuries.  (AP Photo/Steve Ruark, File)

John Mackey's widow files wrongful death lawsuit against NFL

The widow of Baltimore Colts legend and Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the NFL. Sylvia Mackey is part of a complaint filed last week in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and obtained by The Washington Times.

More details emerge about proposed NFL concussion settlement

Details of the proposed $765 million settlement to end the NFL concussion litigation will be filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia in the next 10 days, according to an attorney for the plaintiffs. Sol Weiss, the co-lead counsel, provided more specifics on the mechanics of the settlement than have previously been made public in an interview with The Washington Times.

NFL concussion settlement: the court order

The NFL and more than 4,500 former players suing over head injuries reached a settlement Thursday, according to federal court records. The settlement amount is $765 million, as identified in the order from Judge Anita Brody in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.

Inside the Derek Sheely concussion lawsuit vs. NCAA

Last week, the family of late Frostburg State football player Derek Sheely sued the NCAA, two of the university's coaches and others after he sustained a fatal brain injury during practice in August 2011. Here's a copy of the complaint filed in Montgomery County Circuit Court that alleges a disturbing series of events leading to Sheely's death.

**FILE** Undated photos provided by the Miami-Dade Police Department shows the four suspects, Venjah K. Hunte, 20, Jason Scott Mitchell, 17, Eric Rivera, Jr., 17, and Charles Kendrick Lee Wardlow, 18, arrested Friday, Nov. 30, 2007, in connection with the shooting death of Washington Redskins football player Sean Taylor. (AP Photo/Miami-Dade Police Dept., HO)

Trial in Sean Taylor's killing delayed again

The trial of the alleged gunman in the killing of Redskins star Sean Taylor has been postponed again. Originally scheduled to begin Aug. 12 in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, Eric Rivera's trial has been rescheduled for Sept. 16.

NCAA concussion documents: University of Oregon's plan

In Tuesday's column, I mentioned the NCAA's requirement for each school to have a concussion management plan on file. Those plans are a key theme in the over 1,000 pages of internal NCAA emails and documents released last week in connection with a lawsuit accusing the organization of not doing enough about head injuries. Having a plan on file is the NCAA's lone legislative demand of schools regarding concussions.

**FILE** Dr. David Klossner, Director of Health and Safety, NCAA, speaks during a House Judiciary Committee hearing entitled "Legal Issues Relating to Football Head Injuries, Part II" in Detroit, Monday, Jan. 4, 2010. The House Judiciary Committee heard from retired players at the hearing today on head injuries in football, following up an Oct. 28 hearing in Washington where lawmakers questioned NFL football commissioner Roger Goodell about the league's approach to concussions. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Internal NCAA emails raise questions about concussion policy

Back in 2010, two NCAA staffers exchanged a series of emails mocking the concussion safety efforts of David Klossner, the organization's director of health and safety. The emails are part of hundreds of pages of internal NCAA documents and depositions filed in federal court late Friday, as part of a motion seeking class-action status for a lawsuit challenging the organization's handling of head injuries.