Former NFL All-Pro defensive back Samari Rolle has filed a lawsuit against a North Carolina-based surgeon, claiming a botched spinal-fusion procedure, a premature green light to return to football activities and overall "negligence" combined to end Rolle's career and led to "permanent neurological injuries," according to court documents viewed by USA TODAY Sports. The surgeon, Craig Brigham, has had a hand in the lead-up to this year's NFL draft. He recently examined projected first-round pick Jarvis Jones and determined the former Georgia defensive end is not suffering from spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spine), as doctors who previously examined Jones stated. Brigham wrote a letter to NFL teams on Jones' behalf to notify those clubs of his diagnosis. The National Football Post reported Brigham's letter stated Jones might have had a stinger or a "mild incident of spinal cord concussion" that has since cleared up. Brigham wrote Jones should be allowed to play football "without restriction." Jones left USC after the program's medical staff diagnosed him with spinal stenosis. Jones transferred to Georgia, where he did not miss a game over the past two seasons. Rolle officially retired in 2010, though he didn't play in a regular-season game after the 2008 season. That year, he missed six games following the procedure performed by Brigham in September. According to the complaint Rolle and his wife Danisha filed against Brigham, Rolle underwent an anterior microdisoketomy and fusion of the C3 and C4 vertebrae on September 30, 2008. Rolle claims he remained under Brigham's care and was cleared by Brigham to return to action only 23 days later.
Former all-pro Samari Rolle sues controversial doctor
USA Today | Apr 18