Sharrif Floyd, a 2013 first-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings, filed a lawsuit against the most well-known man in sports medicine, Dr. James Andrews, and his staff, for $180 million.
Floyd went under the knife during the 2016 season for what was supposed to be routine arthroscopic knee surgery. Upon discovering a micro-fracture, however, the medical team unsuccessfully attempted a more invasive procedure. Furthermore, Floyd alleges that a negligent, non-consensual administration of a post-surgery pain blocker paralyzed a nerve and surrounding muscle to such a degree that his speed and quickness were permanently compromised.
Floyd, who expected to only miss four weeks of the season, has not played an NFL snap in the two years since the operation. The damages he seeks are based on his lost NFL wages.
Thomas “Buddy” Bardenwerper is an Entertainment Highlight Contributor for the Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law and a current first year student at Harvard Law School (Class of 2021).