The National Football League has agreed to pay $765 million to settle player lawsuits related to head injuries.
Thousands of former pro players joined the suit, saying they are suffering from dementia and other medical issues as a result of gridiron collisions.
"There's a lot of evidence that suggests that head injuries can lead to problems down the road," said Dr. Kenneth Podell, a co-director of the Concussion Center at Houston Methodist.
If the settlement is finalized, ex-NFL players with certain health conditions will be eligible for payouts, without having to demonstrate that their symptoms are linked to the concussions they sustained, years ago.
"They don't need to prove a cause and effect," said Podell. "They need to prove they played in the NFL and that they meet the criteria set forth in the agreement."
If approved by the judge, the settlement would apply to all former NFL players, regardless of whether they had signed on as plaintiffs.