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Former NFL player had a stroke during game

While with the Jaguars last season, linebacker Russell Allen unknowingly suffered a stroke and remained in game.

Russell Allen says he unknowingly suffered a stroke during a game in December, but kept playing.
Russell Allen says he unknowingly suffered a stroke during a game in December, but kept playing.Read moreAssociated Press

FORMER JAGUARS linebacker Russell Allen said he suffered a stroke during a game last season and will never play football again.

What he can do, he said, is alert other players to take head injuries more seriously.

Allen, 27, told Robert Klemko of MMQB that he thought he'd had his bell rung when he collided with Bills center Eric Wood in the third quarter of a Dec. 15 game.

He finished the game even though he had double vision.

"You're thinking, I can't come out, because what if someone else comes in and takes my job?" he said.

The Monday after the game, Allen told team trainers what had happened and was sent to get an MRI. The next day, he was asked to meet the team physician and was told he'd had a stroke. Eventually, he would learn he had a dead spot the size of a dime on his cerebellum, the part of the brain that helps control motor skills.

For a while, he had trouble with simple tasks like holding dishes. He is expected to continue to improve, but can't play football because taking another hit could further damage his brain.

Yesterday, Allen tweeted a warning to all athletes: "I told my story so athletes understand you can't ignore head injuries," he wrote "If you're not sure you have one, then you do. Report it immediately."

Dumb lawsuit

Jerry Wojcik saw an opportunity and he took it. Still, he's a dweeb.

Wojcik, a Florida resident, won a class-action lawsuit against the Buffalo Bills after they sent him too many tweets. Apparently, he and others signed up to receive up to five tweets a week from the team. When he received eight, he sued. And won.

Now the Bills may have to pay up to $3 million - distributed in gift cards that can be used for team merchandize - to more than 39,000 fans who signed up for the service.

Wojcik will get $5,000 as the class representative. His lawyers, of course, will make out the best, receiving $562,500 in fees.