Settlement reached in NJ HS football player death

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An attorney for the family of a New Jersey high school football player who died in 2008 after suffering a concussion says a settlement has been reached with his school.

The attorney for Ryne Dougherty's family says a $2.8 million settlement was reached Monday with Montclair High School and the Montclair Board of Education. Attorney Beth Baldinger says the Dougherty family hopes their son's case brings attention to the importance of properly managing concussions.

Baldinger says the junior linebacker suffered a brain hemorrhage in an October 2008 game after he was prematurely returned to action following an earlier concussion. She says the school's athletic trainer ignored the 16-year-old's poor results on an impact test.

An after-hours message left for school district's attorney was not immediately returned.

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