Hall of Famer Dan Marino joins concussion lawsuit against NFL

Dan Marino, the Hall of Fame quarterback for the Miami Dolphins and one of the NFL’s highest-profile alums, has joined the ranks of former players suing the league over concussion-related injuries.

In court filings late last week, Marino, 52, claimed that league officials had long been aware of the long-term effects of repeated hits to the head but chose to ignore those warnings and put players’ health at risk.

But unlike some of the more than 5,000 ex-players who have filed suit in federal court in Philadelphia, Marino did not specify any explicit condition with which he has struggled in his post-football career.

Marino and his lawyer, Sol Weiss, one of the attorneys who last year negotiated a proposed $765 million settlement with the league, could not be reached for comment Monday.

In the lawsuit, the former players have alleged that NFL officials hid the dangers or repeated hits to the head while mythologizing the violence of their sport.

SEAHAWKS: Linebacker Bruce Irvin underwent hip surgery, but the team has no timetable on his return.

A team spokesman confirmed Irvin’s surgery Monday but had no details of what the surgery repaired.

Irvin started all 12 games last season after serving a four-game suspension at the start.

Irvin tweeted Monday afternoon that he expects to be back by the start of training camp in July.

GIANTS: Waived suspended safety Will Hill.

He was suspended by the NFL last week for six games in the upcoming season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He missed the opening four games of 2013 while under a similar suspension.

Signed by the Giants as a free agent in 2012, Hill played in 24 games for the team.

JAGUARS: Defensive end Chris Clemons made his Jacksonville debut Monday, joining the team for organized team activities after skipping three sessions last week.

Clemons missed the previous voluntary practices because of family issues.

Clemons says, “We all have issues that we go through that we can’t control. Being one of the leaders of my family, I had to step in and take control of that issue.”

Coach Gus Bradley was initially disappointed about Clem­ons’ absence, only because Clem­ons had not indicated whether he would or wouldn’t be in town for the start of OTAs.

COURTS: Jack Elway, the son of Denver Broncos general manager John Elway, was arrested on assault charges after his girlfriend told police he pulled her out of a car by her hair.

Court documents obtained Monday show the woman told Denver police that 24-year-old John Albert Elway also pushed her to the ground when she tried to get back in the car, causing scrapes.

Elway was released from jail on $550 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Thursday. He faces charges of assault and disturbing the peace.

ALABAMA: The school’s board of trustees are set to vote on Nick Saban’s new contract.

The trustees’ compensation committee has set a conference call for this afternoon and is expected to approve new deals for
Saban and most of his staff. Trustees are also expected to approve and release terms of the
contract for new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin.

Alabama announced a “long-term agreement” with Saban on Dec. 14, 2013 but hasn’t released details.

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