Players sue NCAA for head injuries

ST. LOUIS -- Two former Missouri players are suing the NCAA in federal court over head injuries they say they suffered more than 20 years ago, joining a cascade of recent lawsuits against college sports' governing body related to traumatic brain injuries.

Tony Van Zant and Sharron Washington filed the suit Tuesday. Both played for Missouri from 1987 to 1991. Van Zant is running backs coach at Division II Lincoln University in Jefferson City.

Both say they suffer headaches, depression and other ailments. The lawsuit seeks medical monitoring and testing for former college players with similar head injuries who didn't reach the NFL.

Similar lawsuits have been filed in recent months in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota and Tennessee by former players from schools such as Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Oregon and Vanderbilt.

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