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The Journal Gazette

Friday, June 16, 2017 1:00 am

NFL

First concussion claims settled

Associated Press

The first two claims in the NFL's billion-dollar concussion settlement were announced Thursday, a total of $9 million in benefits.

The names of the former players were not disclosed as part of the filings.

The payouts were for $5 million for a qualifying diagnosis of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), and $4 million for a qualifying diagnosis of CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy).

Those amounts mean that both individuals played a minimum of five NFL seasons and were diagnosed before their 45th birthdays.

Players who already have been diagnosed with ALS, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's or dementia are eligible for payments. The league has estimated that 6,000 former players – or nearly three in 10 – could develop Alzheimer's disease or moderate dementia.

More than 14,500 class members out of a potential well above 20,000 have registered for benefits ahead of the Aug. 7 deadline.

Colts moves

The Indianapolis Colts put veteran running back Christine Michael on the injured reserve list.

To replace him on the roster, the Colts signed running back Troymaine Pope. The 5-foot-8, 205-pound Pope played four games with the Seahawks and New York Jets last season, finishing with 12 carries for 44 yards.

Indianapolis also signed receivers Harvey Binford, and Fred Brown and linebacker Jeremiah George.

To clear space on the roster, the Colts waived receivers Marcus Leak and Al-Damion Riles and defensive tackle Kristjan Sokoli.

Extra points

Cleveland rookie defensive end Myles Garrett did not practice Thursday as doctors assess his left foot injury. The No. 1 overall draft pick was kept off the field as the team concluded its minicamp. Garrett got hurt Wednesday while rushing quarterback Brock Osweiler during a two-minute drill late in practice. He crumpled to the ground and was in obvious distress while being checked by a trainer and coach Hue Jackson. Garrett did not return to the field and later limped into the team's facility. A team spokesman says Garrett is being evaluated. ... The Browns signed rookie tight end David Njoku, one of their three first-round draft picks, to a deal projected to be worth $9.5 million and includes a $5.06 million signing bonus. ... Detroit bolstered its offensive line to make up for the potential loss of tackle Taylor Decker by acquiring offensive tackle Greg Robinson from the Los Angeles Rams for a draft pick. The Lions also signed free agent Cyrus Kouandjio. Decker is out indefinitely after an offseason injury led to shoulder surgery.