Former Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd plans to file suit against Dr. James Andrews over what the 27-year-old claims was a knee surgery gone wrong.
Floyd, according to multiple reports, will file the $180 million lawsuit in Florida on Tuesday against Dr. Andrews, the Andrews Institute for Orthopedic Surgery and others, claiming a 2016 routine arthroscopic procedure turned into a career-ending operation.
Floyd’s attorney, Brad Sohn, said the suit will outline the failure of those being named in the court documents, including Andrews, his anesthesiologist, two surgery assistants and the hospital where the operation took place.
‘Scope’ turns into career-ending procedure
Sohn said Floyd was expecting a scope of his knee in 2016 with a recovery time of no more than one month.
Once on the operating table, doctors determined Floyd needed microfracture knee surgery, Sohn described in interviews with multiple outlets.
When surgical assistants administered a pain blocker, muscle tissue and nerves around the knee were paralyzed, Floyd claims.
Sohn told ESPN.com the $180 million figure is based on projected career earnings.
Floyd, the 23rd overall pick in 2013, was placed on the Non-Football Injury List by the Minnesota Vikings. By rule, teams are not required to pay the full salary — $6.757 million in Floyd’s case — for players on NFI.
Floyd has field a grievance against the NFL Players Association, but not the Vikings.
–Field Level Media