Judge nixes approval in NFL case
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge in Philadelphia has preliminarily rejected a $765 million settlement of NFL concussion claims, fearing the sum may not be enough to cover injured players.
U.S. District Judge Anita Brody asked for more financial details from the parties, a week after players’ lawyers filed a lengthy payout plan.
Brody, in her ruling Tuesday, noted that the plan is designed to cover nearly 20,000 men for 65 years.
She said she is mostly concerned that not all retired players who are someday diagnosed with a related brain injury will be paid.
Lions hire Caldwell as new coach
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions hired coach Jim Caldwell.
The team confirmed the move Tuesday and scheduled a news conference at Ford Field today.
The Lions are giving Caldwell another chance to be an NFL head coach. He helped the Indianapolis Colts play in the Super Bowl after his debut season in 2009 and was fired two years later after a 2-14 season while Peyton Manning was injured, dropping his three-year mark to 26-22.
Broncos add two players to roster
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos signed free agent Marquice Cole to replace injured cornerback Chris Harris Jr.
Cole was released Dec. 26 by the New England Patriots. Harris went on IR after tearing his left ACL in Denver’s 24-17 win over San Diego last weekend.
A fifth-year pro with 64 games of experience, Cole had 10 tackles, one interception and three pass breakups for New England this season.
Also Tuesday, the Broncos gave up hope of defensive end Derek Wolfe returning to the field after suffering seizure-like symptoms on Nov. 29.
Wolfe went on IR and the Broncos promoted practice squad offensive tackle Vinston Painter.
Man fined after stun gun bet
JUNEAU, Wis. (AP) — A suburban Chicago man was fined $250 after allegedly using a stun gun on his wife after she lost a bet on a Packers-Bears game.
Forty-two-year-old John Grant of Tinley Park, Ill., pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct in a Wisconsin court on Thursday.
The Daily Citizen reported Judge Steven Bauer ordered the fine plus court costs. The couple was driving through Mayville when they stopped at a bar to watch the Nov. 4 game. The Bears won 27-20.
According to the complaint, Nicole Grant said her husband could use a stun gun on her for three seconds if Green Bay lost.
John Grant allegedly used it three times, and she called police. She told officers she didn’t think her husband would actually use the weapon on her.