Former Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd to sue noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews for $180 million

Dr. James Andrews is perhaps the only surgeon in the United States more famous than some of the athletes he treats.

That’s what makes former Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd’s lawsuit against him notable.

According to Albert Breer of, Floyd will sue Andrews, the Andrews Institute for Orthopedic Surgery and others over a surgery that ended his NFL career. Breer wrote that Floyd went to Andrews for minor arthroscopic knee surgery in September of 2016. It was supposed to keep him out three-to-four weeks. Floyd says he had a far more significant procedure and he suffered nerve and muscle damage in his right leg.

Floyd, a 2013 first-round pick and productive tackle for the Vikings, never played again. 

Floyd is suing for lost future NFL earnings

Breer wrote that the lawsuit will be filed on Tuesday in the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court for Orange County Florida. 

The suit says after the surgery, Floyd was “negligently administered a pain blocker that led to the muscle and nerve damage,” Breer wrote. 

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DENVER CO - OCTOBER 27: With trainers and doctors surrounding him Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) has his left knee looked at by Dr. James Andrews (left, bending over) after he was flattened and taken out of the game in the 4th quarter during the Denver Broncos defeat of the Washington Redskins 45 - 21 at Mile High Stadium in Denver CO, October 27, 2013. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Dr. James Andrews, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III's surgeon, stands on the field before an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, in Landover, Md. The Redskins won 24-13. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
TAMPA, FL August 29: Dr. James Andrews talks with Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) prior to action against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on August 29, 2013 in Tampa, FL (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD January 6: Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) leaves the field with orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews after a 4th quarter injury forced him from the game at FedEx field on January 6, 2013 in Landover, MD (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
LANDOVER MD JANUARY 6: Redskins team doctor, Dr. James Andrews, on the sideline before the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks in the first round of the NFC playoffs at FedEx Field in Landover MD, January 6, 2012 .(Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
FILE- In this Aug. 24, 2007, file photo, Dr. James Andrews waits between surgeries at the Andrews Institute for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Gulf Breeze, Fla. Tommy John surgery has increased 10-fold in the first decade of the 21st century, Dr. Andrews, one of the world's top orthopedic doctors, and and Dr., Jeremy Bruce wrote in the May issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, citing a paper published by J.R. Dugas in 2010. Dr. Andrews will be meeting with a research committee on Monday at Major League Baseball's headquarters. (AP Photo/Mari Darr-Welch, File)
** ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, OCT. 27-28 ** Dr. James Andrews talks on the phone between surgeries at the Andrews Institute for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Gulf Breeze, Fla., Friday Aug. 24, 2007. (AP Photo/Mari Darr~Welch)

The $180 million figure is for Floyd’s future earnings in the NFL, though that’s a very high figure for any defensive tackle. However, Floyd was a solid player and certainly was headed toward a lucrative second NFL contract.

“We believe that if Sharrif had not been the victim of the medical negligence we allege, he would’ve been paid commensurate with some of the top players at his position, if not some of the top defensive players in football,” Sohn told Breer on Monday. 

Andrews has become famous in the sports world

Andrews, who founded the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center Birmingham, Ala., is affiliated with the University of Alabama, University of Auburn, the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball and the NFL’s Washington Redskins, according to his bio.

Andrews’ fame grew with the number of high-profile elbow and shoulder surgeries he did for major-league pitchers, and knee surgeries for all athletes. Perhaps the moment that made Andrews a household name is when he treated Bo Jackson for the two-sport star’s hip injury he suffered when the Los Angeles Raiders. Since then, he’s the go-to surgeon for many athletes across the sporting world.

The Floyd lawsuit puts Andrews in a whole different spotlight, however.

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