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Judge: NFL concussion opt-outs due by Tuesday

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 PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Tuesday remains the deadline to opt out of the NFL's settlement of concussion claims after a judge in Philadelphia denied an extension request.
   Lawyers for some retired players want the deadline delayed until after a Nov. 19 fairness hearing on the settlement.  But Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody denied their request this week.
   The lead lawyers who negotiated the minimum $765 million deal oppose the delay. They say many of the nearly 20,000 former players need the money quickly.
   The plan would pay $1 million or more to retirees with the most severe neurological problems, such as Parkinson's disease.
   But the average award for Alzheimer's disease or dementia would be about $190,000.
   The deal may not be finalized by year's end. Brody will take written briefs through mid-December.
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