After a productive career at the University of Texas, while much was expected of Limas Sweed when he was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second-round of the 2008 NFL Draft, the wide receiver would find himself out of the league after just three years.
A disappointing debut as a rookie was followed by an equally underwhelming second season, one that would end with Sweed being placed on the reserve/non-football injury/illness list for “personal reasons”. An achilles injury would see him miss all of 2010 after he was placed on injured reserve and he would finally be released the following year.
However, since his unsuccessful attempts to latch on with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2012, and more recently with the Ottawa Redblacks in 2014, very little had been heard of from the former Steelers receiver until this week.
As per a report from TMZ Sports, Sweed has now filed a lawsuit against the NCAA seeking $5 million in damages for their failure to sufficiently protect their players from the effects of concussions, citing fraud, negligence and a breach of contract.
“While playing at Texas, [Sweed] suffered from numerous concussions, as well as countless sub-concussive hits as part of routine practice and gameplay.”
“Sweed says when he took a large blow to the head, he would be sent back into the game (or practice) after an “inadequate amount of time.”
“As a result of repeated damage he took, Sweed now claims he suffers from depression, headaches, memory loss, mood swings, emotional instability, motor impairment and more.”
“Sweed claims his pain is a “direct and proximate result of [the NCAA’s] negligence.””
This lawsuit is just one of more than 300 such claims that the NCAA is currently facing, according to a report from Ralph Russo of the Associated Press, with multiple players alleging their concussions were mistreated or misdiagnosed, a mistake that has lead to headaches, depression and even the early onset of Alzheimer and Parkinson’s disease.