Fred Taylor says NFL doctors neglected to tell him about injuries

Wednesday August 31st, 2016

Former NFL running back Fred Taylor wrote a series of tweets on Wednesday claiming team doctors overlooked his injuries throughout his 13-year career. 

Taylor said he had 11 MRIs and 12 X-rays last week. The tests revealed that he played with a fractured clavicle and two partially torn labrum. 

Taylor said this information was never disclosed to him as a player. 

“Seems the ‘neutral doctors’ we are referred to by the league overlooked the injuries and issues I currently deal with,” Taylor wrote.

Taylor also revealed that, despite his injuries, he has been denied "line of duty” benefits on three separate occasions. The benefits are meant to help players who suffered disabling injuries during their careers.

Taylor was selected in the first round of the 1998 NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He spent 11 years with Jacksonville before playing his last two seasons with the New England Patriots. He retired from the league in 2010.


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