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Potential lockout causes health care concerns

As the NFL owners and players approach a March 4 deadline for working out a new labor deal, questions about health insurance of players and their families have been circulating. Current players will be eligible for COBRA, but they would have to pay the entire premium. And the uncertainty of the situation has been weighing on the minds of current and retired players alike.

Updated: February 4, 2011, 4:59 PM ET
By Jane McManus

DALLAS -- When Dawn Neufeld first heard there was a possibility of an NFL lockout, she immediately thought about insurance. She worried about the cost, about what it might mean to pay out of pocket for care for her husband, Ryan, a retired NFL player whose back pain is so bad, he could barely stand up to watch a Cowboys game this season.

She thought about their 6-year-old son, Will, who has autism, and 3-year-old daughter, Bryn, who seems to think she is invincible, teetering around ...

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