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Broncos Player Sues Chargers, NFL, ESPN, Others After ACL Tear

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Broncos outside linebacker and special teams player Aaron Patrick is suing a slew of organizations, including the Chargers, NFL and ESPN, after tearing his ACL last month. 

The lawsuit was filed in California on Tuesday morning by his attorney, William M. Berman. For the next defendants, Patrick is suing for alleged premises liability: SoFi Stadium, Hollywood Parkland Company LLC, Stockbridge, The Flesher Group, Kroenke Sports and Entertainment and the Chargers. 

The above defendants plus ESPN, the league, Moe “Green Hat” and Roe Mat Company are being sued for negligence.  

The incident occurred throughout the Oct. 17 Monday Night Football game between the Chargers and Broncos when Patrick tried to tackle Chargers punt returner DeAndre Carter. Patrick stepped on the mats covering the cables resulting in the league’s replay monitor. The linebacker might be seen attempting to avoid colliding with the NFL’s TV liaison (Green Hat), and based on the press release on the lawsuit, he did ultimately collide with the person and his foot rolled. 

“Upon stepping on one in every of the mats, [Patrick’s] cleats became lodged within the mat and/or the cords/cables running underneath and caused [Patrick’s] left knee to contort causing (him) to fall awkwardly,” the lawsuit reads.

Patrick is now out for the rest of the season for this reason incident and is suing for each non-economic and monetary damages of an unspecified amount. His lead counsel, Berman, said within the press release, “Player safety ought to be the foremost of importance to the NFL and its owners. The NFL is a multi-billion-dollar sports enterprise and business, and it must do all the things possible to guard its players from non-contact game injuries. As for Patrick’s injuries, Sofi Stadium was built at a $5,000,000,000 expense; the stadium must have the state-of-the-art equipment to guard for player safety, and never use the style of $100 mats that you just would expect to see in a restaurant kitchen.”

There’s precedent on this case, as cited within the filing. Former NFL running back Reggie Bush tore his lateral meniscus after he slipped on a concrete slip at St. Louis’s Edward Jones Dome throughout the 2015–16 season. His season was cut short, and in turn, he sued the Rams, ultimately being awarded $12.45 million in damages. 

Patrick’s lawsuit alleges, per the press release, “The defendants were negligent of their operations of SOFI STADIUM in allowing a dangerous condition to exist by having three mats placed near the sideline to cover cords/cables that led to the feed for the immediate NFL’s replay monitor.” 

In only his second 12 months with the Broncos, Patrick has tallied 11 profession tackles in 17 games played. 

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