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Judge to hear arguments in Md. football death suit

Thursday - 2/20/2014, 5:07pm  ET

This undated handout photo provided by Frostburg State University shows football payer Derek Sheely. A judge will soon hear arguments on whether to dismiss a lawsuit stemming from the 2011 head-injury death of a Sheely. Derek Sheely's family accused coaches at the Maryland school of running high-speed drills that caused players to suffer repeated blows to the head. The lawsuit said Sheely returned to the field despite bleeding from his forehead and was never checked for a concussion or to see if his helmet was properly fitted. Helmet-making company, Kranos Corp., is also seeking dismissal. (AP Photo/Frostburg State University)

ERIC TUCKER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawyers, the NCAA, and a helmet company are asking a judge to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a college football player who died of a head injury.

The Maryland Attorney General's Office says the suit fails to show two coaches knew Frostburg State University fullback Derek Sheely was bleeding or had a concussion when they bandaged his head and sent him back into practice.

A judge in Montgomery County, Md., is expected to hear arguments on Friday.

The family's lawsuit claims the 22-year-old Sheely died in August 2011 after participating in high-speed drills that involved repeated blows to the head. The complaint says Sheely was never checked for a concussion or to see if his helmet was properly fitted.


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