On Friday, two former Dolphins, along with 19 other former NFL players, filed suit against the NFL for their neglect on concussion related injuries. Patrick Surtain and Orande Gadsden were among the 21 players that were named in the lawsuit against the multi-billion dollar NFL.
The Players claim that head trauma from their playing days has lead to brain damage. They claim that the NFL has turned a blind eye to concussions and should be held liable. Their suit says:
“with the intent of inducing NFL players, including plaintiffs, to return to play as soon as physically possible after having suffered a football-related concussion and to promote an aggressive style of football that would attract viewers.”
The NFL has certainly taken steps to help diagnose concussions to players. Within the last few years there have been a number of players that have sustained concussions (Aaron Rogers, DeSean Jackson, Colt McCoy, Hines Ward, etc.). The NFL’s latest move to help diagnose concussions is to have a special trainer on-hand each game to assist each team’s medical staff in diagnosing players’ head injuries.
Even though the NFL has taken steps to help improve player safety, injuries continue to add up. Concussions are a hot topic among NFL teams, as they are not as easy to identify as other injuries. In fact, just last week, Colt McCoy was almost knocked out by the Steelers James Harrison….he left the field momentarily (after actually sustaining a concussion), but then returned. The Browns did not immediately understand the extent of McCoy’s head injury and allowed him to continue playing. Obviously, they shouldn’t have allowed him to return, but if there are no symptoms of a concussion, how would they konw?
The players are seeking a jury trial and financial damages. The NFL has denied all charges from the lawsuit and will fight the charges in the courtroom. Just guessing, but I doubt this is the type of Christmas present Mr. Goodell was hoping for!