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Former NFL player reacts to concussion settlement

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A former pro-football player and CBS Atlanta host said the landmark deal to settle concussion-related lawsuits against the NFL is a good first step.    

Ryan Stewart, who hosts the Falcons pregame show on CBS Atlanta, said the agreement will help former players get the medical help they need.

"This is definitely a step in the right direction," Stewart said.

Stewart is one of 4,500 ex-players to file separate lawsuits claiming the NFL covered up the risks concussions.

"And the league knew about the difficulties of using your head. That's the problem," Stewart said.

And now, thousands of former pro-football players are paying the price for multiple concussions with brain injuries that may lead to Alzheimer's disease, dementia and other dangerous neurological ailments.

"I was coached to use my head and if I didn't, I was sat on the bench," Stewart said.

The league on Thursday agreed to settle the suits.

Stewart said the league is doing the right thing, but he asserted the deal leaves a one big question unanswered: Did the league cover up the dangers of concussions?

"Now that won't ever come to light because the situation is done. It's closed now," Stewart said.

Stewart, who played five years in the 1990s with the Detroit Lions, said teams ordered players to hit with their heads.

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