Former Browns WR Joe Jurevicius Reaches Settlement In Staph Lawsuit
Joe Jurevicius and the Cleveland Browns have reached a confidential settlement in the lawsuit over a staph infection that ended the career of the former NFL receiver.
Jurevicius sued the Browns and the Cleveland Clinic last year, saying the team misrepresented the cleanliness of its training facility. He claimed the Doctors had been negligent in their care of the staph infection in his right knee.
A survey conducted in 2009 concluded that there were 33 MRSA staph infection cases league wide from 2008-2008. The Browns have had at least six players with some sort of staph infection in recent years.
Browns General Counsel Fred Nance said the Browns have strong cleaning practices,”I don’t think there’s any question about the quality of the Browns’ sanitation and hygiene practices. They have been and continue to be at the highest state-of-the-art level in the league,” he said.
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John Russo said attorneys informed the court last week a settlement had been reached.
Jurevicius won a legal victory in federal court when a judge ruled that six of his eight claims should be decided in Cuyahoga County court instead of through the NFL’s arbitration process.
In 11 seasons with the New York Giants, Tampa Bay, Seattle and Cleveland, Jurevicius had 323 receptions for 4,119 yards and 29 TDs. He set career highs with 55 receptions and 10 TDs for the Seahawks in 2005.