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Former pro athletes Ben Utecht, a Super Bowl-winning tight end for the Indianapolis Colts, right, and Chris Nowinski, a Harvard football player turned WWE wrestler, testify on June 25 before the Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing regarding concussions and the long term effects of brain related sports injuries. (AP Photo)

(Bloomberg) — The National Football League won preliminary approval of a settlement worth at least $675 million resolving ex-players’ claims that officials failed to warn them about links between concussions and brain injuries.

U.S. District Judge Anita Brody in Philadelphia today concluded the NFL’s willingness to create an uncapped settlement fund to cover retired players’ medical costs from dementia and other neurological disorders tied to repeated concussions deserved initial approval. The judge set a Nov. 19 hearing to decide on final approval of the deal.

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