There may be now one other chapter within the battle between the National Football League and the protection of its personal gamers.
Denver Broncos linebacker Aaron Patrick is suing quite a few events, together with the league, for choices that led to his torn ACL in Week 6.
In time beyond regulation of that “Monday Night time Soccer” recreation in Los Angeles against the Chargers, Patrick was trying to make a sort out on a punt return. As his momentum pressured him towards an NFL official who was monitoring tv timeouts, he stepped on mats that had been overlaying cords and cables. The lawsuit says stepping on the mats triggered the damage.
Patrick can be suing ESPN, the Chargers and Los Angeles Rams, and the mat firm. ESPN, the Rams and Chargers did not instantly reply to Fox Information Digital’s request for remark.
Patrick is citing misplaced bonuses and a decrease future incomes potential, claiming that every one events concerned may have completed extra to forestall the damage.
“Participant security ought to be the foremost of significance to the NFL and its house owners,” Patrick’s legal professional William Berman said in a statement. “The NFL is a multibillion-dollar sports activities enterprise and enterprise, and it must do every part doable to guard its gamers from non-contact recreation accidents.
“As for Patrick’s accidents, SoFi Stadium was constructed at a $5,000,000,000 expense; the stadium ought to have the state-of-the-art tools to guard for participant security, and never use the kind of $100 mats that you’d anticipate to see in a restaurant kitchen.”
Patrick signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2020. He made his NFL debut with the Broncos final 12 months, and has been largely a special-teamer in his 17 profession video games (12 final 12 months, 5 this season).
The Chargers denied remark, whereas the Rams and ESPN had not responded to requests.