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By CNN Staff

(CNN) — The National Football League has reached a $765 million settlement with retired players who accused the league of deliberately concealing the dangers of head trauma, reported Thursday, citing a league source.

The class-action lawsuit alleged the league didn’t do enough to warn players that they risked permanent brain damage if they played too soon after a concussion and that it hid evidence about the risks for decades. The money would be for medical exams, concussion-related compensation and medical research, a federal judge said Thursday.

More than 4,000 retired players were involved in the suit, in which plaintiffs claimed they suffered from neurological problems after sustaining traumatic impacts to the head.

In recent years, the NFL has attempted to strengthen rules that govern player conduct on the field, and added sideline medical staff — unaffiliated with the teams — in an effort to more independently evaluate injured players.

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