Former players appealing the NFL's $1-billion plan to address concussion-linked injuries asked a court on Thursday to reject the settlement because it excludes what they call the signature brain disease of football.
Critics insist that any deal include future payments for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the brain decay found in dozens of former players after their deaths.
"CTE was the soundpiece of the original [lawsuit]," lawyer Steven F. Molo argued before the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. "It is a fundamental issue in the case. It is mentioned 14 times."
The settlement would resolve thousands of lawsuits and cover more than...