The longest-standing grievance between an NFL player and his team has been settled, with former Cincinnati Bengals tight end Ben Utecht being awarded the full remaining amount of his 2009 salary when an arbitrator ruled the team shouldn't have cleared Utecht to play after he suffered a severe concussion in training camp. The NFL Players Association announced the decision, and Utecht's agent, Christopher Murray, told FOX Sports that Utecht will receive roughly $925,000. Utecht, now a 32-year-old singer-songwriter, claims he's suffering from memory loss as the result of a concussion during a camp practice. The Bengals were featured that year on HBO's "Hard Knocks," and the hit that caused injury was broadcast. Utecht was placed on injured reserve and released with an injury settlement. He was in the second year of a three-year, $9 million contract he'd signed in 2008. "It's just a huge blessing to work for an organization that I really believe cares about my health and well-being," Utecht said during the final episode of "Hard Knocks," per a synopsis of the episode written by USA Today. Clearly, he only felt that way for so long.
Ex-Bengal gets $92K over concussion
Fox Sports | Jul 10