WASHINGTON (AP) The NFL Players Association says it “has a deep concern” over reports that it has not provided players and coaches with full data on concussions since the start of the 2015 season.
The union filed the lawsuit in federal court Friday to compel the NFL to provide players and officials with information that would provide information about the severity of their injuries and the types of concussions they have suffered.
The lawsuit says the NFL has been “a failure in its duty to protect the public.”
The NFLPA’s complaint also seeks information about what happens when players go to the hospital or undergo tests.
The NFL did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The complaint says the league “has failed to make available to players and/or their families all information it has collected and is failing to ensure that it can share this information with its players.”
In the lawsuit, the NFLPA said it has asked the NFL for information about “the number of concussive head injuries and other health problems that have occurred” since the beginning of the 2016 season.
It also said the league has failed to disclose the information it received during the 2016 regular season.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, seeks to force the NFL “to provide information regarding the number of football players who have sustained a concussion in the last two seasons, including those who have not received concussion tests.”
The lawsuit also asks for information “about how many players have sustained concussions in the past two seasons and what the NFL and NFLPA have done about it.”
The union said it had asked for a copy of the league’s concussion data during the preseason.