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Judge approves retirees’ settlement

A federal judge in Minneapolis gave final approval Friday to a $50 million settlement in the complicated court fight over publicity rights for retired NFL players, calling it a “one-of-a-kind, and a remarkable victory for the class as a whole.”

The NFL and the more than 25,000 former players reached the agreement in March, and U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson gave preliminary approval in April. But 19 players had filed objections, with some saying direct payments won’t be made to the former players and that varying benefits will be unfairly distributed.

In his order Friday, Magnuson said those who objected because they were lured by the prospect of a lucrative personal payout have strayed from the initial goal of the lawsuit – to help those players with dire physical, mental and financial needs.

Tuel could get call at QB for Bills

Bills quarterback Thad Lewis is doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs due to a rib injury.

If Lewis is unable to play, the Bills (3-5) will start either Jeff Tuel, an undrafted rookie out of Washington State, or the recently signed Matt Flynn. Bills coach Doug Marrone said he would wait to decide who will start in that scenario but said Tuel received more reps at practice Friday.

Falcons’ White returns to practice

Falcons receiver Roddy White has returned to practice for the first time in over three weeks and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at Carolina.

White, who will be a game-time decision, missed the last two games with right ankle and left hamstring injuries.

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