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The NFL plans to rule on former players concussion lawsuits next month. (Diamond Images/Getty Images) The NFL plans to rule on former players concussion lawsuits next month. (Diamond Images/Getty Images)

A federal judge plans to rule next month on whether former players can sue the National Football League over concussion-related injuries, reports the Associated Press.

The NFL wants the lawsuits handled in arbitration, not in a Philadelphia court, where the lawsuits were filed.

More than 4,200 players have sued the league claiming in their lawsuits that the NFL knowingly hid the known risks of concussions and rushed players back into the game. Former players have said they suffer from dementia, Alzheimer's disease and other neurological conditions and believe they are a direct result of on-field concussions.

More from the AP:

Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody says she expects to issue her ruling July 22 on whether the lawsuits can go forward.

Brody heard brief arguments in early April from a pair of nationally prominent lawyers, David Frederick for the players and Paul Clement for the league. Many former players say they suffer from dementia, Alzheimer's disease and other neurological conditions and believe that they stem from on-field concussions.

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