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Report: Bruce Smith joins concussion litigation

By Tim Graham

The biggest Buffalo Bills legend yet has joined the nearly 3,000 former players suing the NFL over concussion-related issues.

Modern-day sacks king Bruce Smith filed a lawsuit against the NFL on Thursday, making him the 22nd Hall of Famer to do so, according to Washington Times reporter Nathan Fenno.

Perhaps the only Bills icons who could trump Smith in stature would be quarterback Jim Kelly or running back Thurman Thomas. Both were diagnosed with concussions during their careers.

Fenno reported Smith's lawsuit was boilerplate but quoted the relevant part of the court document: "As a result of the head trauma suffered during his playing career, Bruce Smith suffers from symptoms associated with multiple traumatic brain injury and CTE."

Smith declined to comment for the story through a spokesman.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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