Former Florida standout and ex-Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd will file a $180 million lawsuit against Dr. James Andrews and the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine on Tuesday, NFL Network and Sports Illustrated reported on Monday night.
The lawsuit will allege Floyd suffered permanent nerve and muscle damage following a knee procedure at the Gulf Breeze, Florida, facility in September 2016, Floyd’s lawyer, Brad Sohn, said. He said the lawsuit would be filed in the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court for Orange County, Florida, on Tuesday.
Andrews is a founding partner and the medical director of the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. The surgeon also is one of the founding members of the Birmingham-based Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center and the co-founder, chairman of the board and medical director of the American Sports Medicine Institute.
Andrews’ team affiliations include a consultant’s role with the Alabama Crimson Tide’s medical staff and associate team physician on the Auburn Tigers’ medical staff.
The lawsuit says Floyd needed arthroscopic knee surgery for an injury suffered in the first game of the 2016 NFL season. Floyd was supposed to be sidelined for three or four weeks, but instead he suffered nerve and muscle damage in his right leg because of a negligently administered pain blocker by the Andrews Institute, according to Floyd’s allegations.
Floyd has not played since and is a free agent.
“We believe that if Sharrif had not been the victim of the medical negligence we allege, he would’ve been paid commensurate with some of the top players at his position, if not some of the top defensive players in football,” Sohn told Sports Illustrated.
The $180 million total is based on projections of Floyd’s potential earnings as a top NFL defensive lineman.
Floyd joined the Vikings as the 23rd player picked in the 2013 NFL Draft. He joined Minnesota’s starting lineup in 2014.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.
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