Former Vikings DL Sharrif Floyd Sues Doctor, Others Alleging Botched Surgery Ended his Career

Former Vikings DL Sharrif Floyd Sues Doctor, Others Alleging Botched Surgery Ended his Career Photo: KSTP

November 06, 2018 02:53 PM

Former Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd is suing noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews and others for malpractice in Florida, alleging what he thought would be a routine surgery on his right knee in 2016 turned into a more involved procedure, the aftermath of which left him unable to resume his NFL career.

Floyd, an All-American at Florida and a first-round pick of the Vikings in 2013, was suffering from knee issues in September 2016 when the suit states he traveled to Florida to see Andrews for what he thought would be an examination.

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But the suit alleges Andrews had already scheduled him for knee surgery, unbeknownst to him.

It goes on to state Floyd consented only to a minor knee-scope procedure, but Andrews and two others instead performed a cartilage-regrowth procedure, which entailed far greater risks.

The suit maintains Floyd would have never agreed to the procedure which, even if successful, would have ended his season.

The lawsuit also contends the two doctors performing the surgery with Andrews "lacked the experience and training to perform such complex procedures without adequate supervision."

The procedure required drilling into the bone. That, in turn, led to a post-operation nerve block to address pain - another item Floyd maintains he never consented to prior to surgery.

"Indeed, Floyd, a professional athlete, would have preferred to remain in pain rather than undergo such a non-essential procedure that gambled his entire career," the suit reads.

The suit goes on to allege the block was "negligently misplaced, permanently injuring and/or destroying portions of Floyd's femoral/saphenous nerves and attendant musculature."

The lawsuit alleges the damage was permanent and left Floyd unable to resume his NFL career. 

The Vikings placed him on the non-football injury list for the 2017 season and Floyd - who would have been paid $6.7 million - filed a grievance against the team.

The team is not named in the current lawsuit, which is seeking in excess of $180 million in damages.

A spokesperson for Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Center told KSTP via email that the group's policy is not to comment on pending litigation.

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