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As former Oakland Raider Bill Romanowski’s movie career took off last month, a chapter in his legal travails was quietly laid to rest. Romanowski, who currently plays a sadistic prison guard in the remake of “The Longest Yard,” last week settled a lawsuit with a former Raiders teammate whom he knocked unconscious during a practice-squad scuffle two years ago. The teammate, Marcus Williams, will receive $415,000 from Romanowski — $75,000 more than a jury awarded him in April. The amount represents the cost of Williams’ pain and suffering, said his attorney, Morrison & Foerster’s James Brosnahan, who added that the jury verdict didn’t include such damages. “As a matter of law, once they decide in our favor, there has to be some number for pain and suffering,” Brosnahan said. Williams, who hasn’t played football since the incident, filed a motion in April for a new trial, but it was dropped when Romanowski agreed to increase the amount, Brosnahan said. Romanowski’s attorney, Jeffrey Springer of the Denver firm Springer & Steinberg, did not return a call seeking comment. Romanowski, a 16-year NFL veteran who played on four winning Super Bowl teams and was known as a fierce and sometimes vicious competitor, knocked out Williams, a special-teams player, in a practice-field scuffle on Aug. 24, 2003. The punch broke a bone around the second-year player’s left eye, caused brain damage and ended his playing career, Williams had claimed. The jury verdict was seen as a win for Romanowski, who never denied hitting Williams. Springer asked the jury for reasonable compensation and accused Williams of looking for a “payday.” Williams originally sought up to $4 million from Romanowski, according to court documents. The trial featured several entertaining moments between the two attorneys, who contrasted in style but argued with similar vigor on behalf of their clients. At one point, the smaller Springer complained to the judge that Brosnahan intimidated him by gripping Springer’s chair and shouting a question to a witness practically in his opponent’s ear. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Cecilia Castellanos reprimanded Brosnahan for the incident and told both attorneys to stay on their own side of the counsel’s table for the remainder of the trial.

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