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• Alex Karras, the former defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions who perhaps is best known for playing Mongo in Blazing Saddles, died yesterday after a long battle with kidney disease, heart disease, dementia and stomach cancer. He was 77.

Earlier this year, Karras agreed to become a lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the National Football League charging the league for misleading players about the impact of multiple concussions. Thousands of players are party to the lawsuit, which said that Karras “sustained repetitive traumatic impacts to his head and/or concussions on multiple occasions” and “suffers from various neurological conditions and symptoms related to the multiple head traumas."

The NFL says that it has never intentionally misled players about concussions, and that player safety is a priority.
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