It’s been bad news bears for the Denver Broncos this year when it comes to injuries.
But one player is taking his injury beef to the court.
The Athletic reported this week that Broncos linebacker Aaron Patrick has filed a lawsuit against the NFL, the Los Angeles Rams, the Los Angeles Chargers, SoFi Stadium, ESPN and a few other entities after he tore his ACL during the week 6 game against the Chargers.
According to Patrick’s lawsuit, negligence created a “dangerous” sideline condition that contributed to the devastating injury. The injury happened when Patrick attempted to tackle punt returner DeAndre Carter.
Carter raced towards the sideline, and Patrick was closing the gap between them before momentum carried him out of bounds. Patrick attempted to avoid contact with the NFL’s TV liaison, planting his left foot on one of the mats/carpets covering cords and cables. His cleat allegedly stuck in the carpet.
That planted foot led to his ACL tearing.
The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages, lost wages and relief from “pain and suffering and emotional distress.”
Those being sued are so far declining to comment on the lawsuit.
Patrick’s attorney says that “player safety should be foremost of importance to the NFL and its owners,” adding, “… SoFi Stadium was built at a $5,000,000,000 expense; the stadium should have the state-of-the-art equipment to protect for player safety, and not use the type of $100 mats that you would expect to see in a restaurant kitchen.”