PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge says the NFL and thousands of former players hopes to settle concussion-related lawsuits for $765 million.

The proposed settlement comes days before the season starts and would fund health screenings, medical compensation and research. Any of the approximately 18,000 former NFL players are eligible.

The plaintiffs include Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett, Super Bowl-winning quarterback Jim McMahon and the family of Pro Bowler Junior Seau, who committed suicide.

Individual awards would be capped at $5 million for men with Alzheimer's disease; $4 million for those diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy after their deaths; and $3 million for players with dementia.

The lawsuits accuse the league of hiding known risks of concussions.

The NFL says commissioner Roger Goodell told lawyers to "do the right thing for the game and the men who played it."

Started at The Press in 1993 as an Ocean County reporter. Moved to the copy desk in 1994 until taking over as editor of At The Shore in 1995. Became deputy sports editor in 2004 and was promoted to sports editor in 2007.