Aaron Patrick Suing NFL, Chargers, More for ACL Tear

Denver Broncos linebacker Aaron Patrick
Denver Broncos linebacker Aaron Patrick
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NFL Week 10 - Denver Broncos linebacker Aaron Patrick has filed a lawsuit against the NFL, ESPN, the Los Angeles Rams, the Los Angeles Chargers, and other entities in a civil suit for negligence, according to documents obtained by TMZ Sports.  

The lawsuit stems from this moment during the Monday Night Football game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Denver Broncos on October 17, where Patrick tore his ACL during overtime after making contact with this mat on the sidelines. 

According to the suit, Patrick claims that his ACL injury stems from a series of poor decisions made by the NFL and by the host team. Patrick continues that all parties involved should have known that those mats present a particular hazard to players when their momentum carries them out of bounds. Patrick is suing for unspecified amount in damages, including lost bonuses and future earning potential. 

Patrick, a 2020 undrafted free agent, primarily served as a special teams player for the Broncos, appearing in five games this season prior to his injury.

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6 comments, Last at 16 Nov 2022, 7:30am

#1 by Aaron Brooks G… // Nov 15, 2022 - 1:41pm

There is some precedent for this, coincidentally also against the Rams:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2018/06/12/jury-orders-rams-to-pay-125-million-for-reggie-bush-injury/35972971/

 

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#2 by dmb // Nov 15, 2022 - 2:08pm

Great find, thanks for sharing!

From the URL I thought Bush was awarded $125M, and I couldn't believe that such a result would somehow elude my memory.

I am curious to know how Patrick's representation intends to quantify lost earnings given that the injury occurred less than a month ago. I guess they should have a pretty precise figure for this year, but it seems way too early to know if it could affect earnings beyond that timeframe.

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#3 by Aaron Brooks G… // Nov 15, 2022 - 2:18pm

I am curious to know how Patrick's representation intends to quantify lost earnings given that the injury occurred less than a month ago.

There's a whole field whose specialty is estimating these things.

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#4 by turbohappy // Nov 16, 2022 - 1:32am

Totally although it does feel like an interesting job for an actuary to estimate the future career arc of an UDFA who plays special teams. 

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#5 by TimK // Nov 16, 2022 - 7:10am

Even if it is just league minimum for 3.7 years (or whatever the average career length is) that with a multiplier for negligence etc should be enough to at least let the poor guy sort his knee enough to continue with the rest of his life. If it makes teams, broadcasters etc also take more care with having a safer area for players to overrun the pitch on to that is of benefit to everyone.

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#6 by Theo // Nov 16, 2022 - 7:30am

I've said many times, that those sidelines should not be cluttered with people in suits, other people who are with people in suits and people who carry things for people who are with people in suits. Then there's the 20 photographers, 10 cameramen, another team of journalists and the endless supply of equipment and cables.

 

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