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ALS part of plan to help former players

Updated: October 18, 2010, 5:14 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The NFL and NFL Players Association have agreed to provide financial assistance to former players who have Lou Gehrig's disease.

The disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord, also called ALS, is being added to the "88 Plan," which was started in 2006 to help ex-players diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's disease. In August, scientists funded in part by the NFL said they found evidence connecting head injuries in athletes to a condition that mimics Lou Gehrig's ...

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