Judge limits ability of Aaron Hernandez’s child to sue NFL

After Hernandez's death, doctors found the 27-year-old had advanced CTE.

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Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, fiancee of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, sits in the courtroom with the couple's daughter during jury deliberations in Hernandez's double-murder trial at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, Wednesday, April 12, 2017. –Keith Bedford /The Boston Globe via AP, File

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge says the 6-year-old daughter of the late NFL player Aaron Hernandez missed a 2014 deadline to opt out of the $1 billion concussion settlement and can’t separately sue the league over his diagnosis of a degenerative brain disease.

Yet Hernandez’s death in 2017 came too late for his family to seek compensation for suicides related to chronic traumatic encephalopathy under the class action settlement.

Hernandez spent three years with the New England Patriots before his 2013 arrest on the first of three homicide charges. He never returned to the NFL.

U.S. District Judge Anita Brody in a ruling Thursday concludes he was retired and therefore a member of the class. Family lawyer Brad Sohn says Hernandez had not retired and his family should be able to pursue an individual lawsuit.

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Hernandez killed himself in prison. After his death, doctors found the 27-year-old Hernandez had advanced CTE.