Matt Schobel, who retired after the 2008 season after playing 7 years with the Bengals and Eagles as a tight end, is the latest to file suit against the NFL as a result of head injuries. The suit has been filed in Houston, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and it appears that Schobel is the only party to this particular suit. (The pleadings identify only Schobel as a party but fail to list him, while listing three plaintiffs from an earlier suit-Lamar Lathon, Charles Alexander and Greg LaFleur, which we assume will be amended).
The allegations are similar to those contained in most of the previous cases filed–negligence, fraud, fraudulent concealment, and negligent misrepresentation–which I broke down earlier in the week. Matt Schobel entered the league in 2002, the year after his brother Aaron, who played for Buffalo. Thus, his case is more tied to the actions of the NFL and the MTBI committee that I discussed earlier.
The Complaint: Matt Schobel vs. the NFL
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