Former Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd is suing surgeon Dr. James Andrews for $180 million.
According to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, Floyd will sue Andrews, the Andrews Institute for Orthopedic Surgery, and others over a surgery that ended his NFL playing career.
Breer wrote that Floyd went to Andrews for arthroscopic knee surgery in September of 2016 that would keep him sidelined for three-to-four weeks. Floyd says he had a far more significant procedure, suffering nerve and muscle damage in his right leg.
After the procedure, Floyd never played again in the NFL.
The suit says after the surgery, Floyd was “negligently administered a pain blocker that led to the muscle and nerve damage,” Breer wrote.
The $180 million figure is for Floyd’s future earnings in the NFL. Although the figure seems big, the former 2013 first-round pick showed a high ceiling with lots of potential.