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The National Football League has settled the class action lawsuit brought by thousands of former players who suffered concussive injuries for $765 million, a move one football commentator said had "saved the game."

Under order from U.S. District Judge Anita Brody of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to start mediation last month, the NFL and the former players settled the suit at 2 a.m. a few days ahead of Brody's deadline for a report on negotiation progress, according to Christopher Seeger of Seeger Weiss, who is co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs.

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