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The NFL accused some lawyers representing players in the $1 billion
concussion settlement of fraud and wants a special investigator appointed.

Plaintiffs' lawyers contend the league is not awarding settlement funds fast
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The league made its request Friday in U.S. District Court for Eastern
Pennsylvania, saying that attorneys, doctors and former players are attempting
to cheat the program.

The NFL cited an independent study that recommended denying more than 400
claims because of fraud, including schemes by lawyers and medical personnel
working with former players.

"We want to ensure that players and their families receive the benefits they
deserve," league lawyer Brad Karp said. "Fraud threatens the integrity of the
settlement and the prompt payment of legitimate claims."

Karp added that the appointment of a special investigator was "specifically
contemplated" in the agreement, and would help identify "fraudulent claims and
related misconduct." The motion seeks subpoena powers for the investigator.

The NFL alleges that the attempts to scheme the system are causing any delays
in handing out funds. The league insists that each case be properly documented
as worthy of payment.

An independent outfit handles approval of claims as part of the settlement,
though the NFL can appeal claims it deems unworthy or deceitful. The motion
cites a law firm advising former players as "willing to pay doctors directly out
of their pocket" to get a qualifying diagnosis.

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players, agrees that the appointment of a special investigator is

"However, we will not allow this small number of claims to be used as an
excuse by the NFL to deny payment to legitimately injured former players,"
Seeger said. "Unlike other NFL benefits programs, this settlement is overseen by
the court, and the league cannot escape its responsibility. We will make sure
that former NFL players and their families receive every benefit they are
entitled to under this agreement."

If Joe Flacco is indeed more fired up than in past years, it’s likely because
the heat is emanating from under his seat atop the Ravens depth chart.

It may have gotten even warmer Thursday http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/vladimir-ducasse-jersey ,
as the Ravens let first-round quarterback Lamar Jackson run practice with the
rest of the starting offense.

Via聽Katherine Fominykh of the Baltimore Sun, Jackson swapped places
with Flacco during the final minicamp practice, and stayed with the first
offense throughout.

Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg suggested it to coach John Harbaugh
earlier in the week, and Harbaugh seemed pleased with the glimpses he saw.

鈥淛ust putting him out there today, putting the pressure on him to have him
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Jackson didn’t want to grade his own performance Lane Taylor
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getting, as he continues to learn the playbook. Veterans were praising his
performance, with wide receiver Willie Snead saying: “Once he gets it, you鈥檒l
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Even Flacco was impressed.

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How quickly Jackson progresses will largely determine Flacco’s own future,
which makes those glimpses with the starters in practice a valuable peek into
the future for the Ravens.

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