The NFL is set to propose modifications to the $1 billion concussion settlement on Wednesday after an outcry over check rating changes generally known as “race-norming,” which make it more durable for retired Black gamers to win dementia awards that common $500,000 or extra.

The new testing method, developed throughout months of closed-door negotiations with gamers’ legal professionals, will stay secret till a federal choose opinions it. That means the 1,435 NFL retirees whose dementia claims have been denied, many or most of them Black, gained’t instantly know the way the modifications may have an effect on them.

In the meantime, the Gordons and different NFL households wait.

“His life is ruined,” Roxy Gordon mentioned of her husband, who spent greater than a decade in the league as a defensive deal with or defensive finish.

He hoped to work afterward with youngsters in city areas just like the one in Seattle the place he grew up, she mentioned. Instead, she can not depend upon him to decide up their 10-year-old son from college close to San Diego.

“He’s a 40-year-old educated male who can’t even use his skills,” she mentioned. “It’s been horrible.”