Hartmann didn’t appeal the additional suspension because he was afraid the process would drag on and also threaten his chances of playing in 2013. He said he lost 30 pounds in the weeks following his initial knee surgery.
“There’d be no reason for me to take a weight-loss drug, because I’d already lost so much weight from surgery,” Hartmann said. “I was kind of baffled. If we would’ve fought it, and it got delayed, it would’ve carried over to next season.”
Hartmann has undergone two knee surgeries and plans to have a third one as early as mid-December. He not only tore his ACL, but also suffered a “fracture at the proximal fibula,” the lawsuit said. Hartmann says his medical costs have been covered under the league’s collective bargaining agreement, but is seeking unspecified damages in the lawsuit.
“I just want other players that are going to be playing on the field and that are currently playing on the field to be safe,” Hartmann said. “I want to make sure their careers aren’t taken from there.”
In the final week of the 2009 regular season, Patriots receiver Wes Welker tore his left ACL and MCL when his knee buckled on the Reliant turf. Belichick said afterward that the turf was “terrible” and “inconsistent” and his comments were included in Hartmann’s lawsuit. Egdorf says he did not contact Welker about joining the complaint.
The lawsuit also included a comment attributed to Dungy saying that the Colts were “definitely concerned about the injury factor” when playing at Reliant Stadium. It also includes a comment attribute to Cody saying that players “complaining about the field being torn up” after the Atlanta game.
Egdorf emphasized that the turf was damaged for the Atlanta game because the stadium hosted a high-school game the previous day.
“You have a specific issue about that day,” Egdorf said. “But the primary point is that the design they have, with these squares, you’ve got four seams on every square. Think of how many squares that is on the field. It’s just not safe for a professional athlete to be stepping on those _ these big, strong, fast guys who are getting hit, and we see this all the time.”
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