FOOT-DRAGGING NFL SLAPPED BY PHILLY FEDERAL JUDGE ON CONCUSSIONS!

By Sally Fahey

A federal judge in Philly yesterday denied a request from the NFL to appoint a special investigator to look into what the league says is extensive fraudulent claims on the $1 billion concussion settlement.

Judge Anita Brody wrote in her ruling that the league’s attorneys have demonstrated that there’s enough to warrant concern, but that the audit process is working for now.

Brody added that if the claims administrator or special master notify the court an investigator is needed, ‘‘the Court will rule on the motion at that time.’’

Lawyers representing former NFL players estimated that payouts from the concussion settlement will top $1.4 billion, a $400 million jump because of thousands more players filing claims.

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