Former Florida DL Sharrif Floyd was a first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, going to the Minnesota Vikings.
Back in 2016, he went to famous surgeon Dr. James Andrews for what was supposed to be a simple knee surgery, but Floyd hasn’t played since, claiming permanent nerve and muscle damage in his right leg.
Now, according to Sports Illustrated, Floyd will sue Andrews and others for $180 million as a result of the botched surgery:
Former Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd will file a $180-million lawsuit against noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, the Andrews Institute for Orthopedic Surgery and others in the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court for Orange County Florida on Tuesday, according to Floyd’s lawyer Brad Sohn.
Floyd hasn’t played since the surgery, blaming a pain blocker used by the Andrew Institute used for the nerve and muscle damage:
According to the suit, the Andrew Institute negligently administered a pain blocker that led to the muscle and nerve damage. In the aftermath, the Vikings placed Floyd on the non-football injury list, which was the subject of an NFLPA grievance. That grievance centered on the payment of Floyd’s $6.7-million option for 2017, the final year of his rookie deal. The Vikings exercised that option in May 2016.
The $180 million figure is what Floyd and his lawyers believe he could have earned over the course of his NFL career had this surgery not forced him to retire.