Former Tennessee Titans wide receiver David Givens has filed a $25 million lawsuit against the team, claiming the team allowed him to play with a knee condition that team officials knew could be career threatening.
WTVF Channel 5 first reported details of the lawsuit being filed.
Givens was signed by the Titans to a five-year, $24 million package as a free agent from the New England Patriots in 2006, but suffered a knee injury in November of that year against the Baltimore Ravens that required multiple surgeries and eventually ended his career without him ever playing again. The Titans eventually released him before last season.
The report indicates that a memo from Dr. Thomas Byrd, one of the team's physicians, to Coach Jeff Fisher and former general manager Floyd Reese indicated there was an issue with Givens' knee that could lead to a serious injury.
Givens had to have bone plugs inserted into the knee after the injury, and after multiple surgeries still apparently has issues with the knee.
Efforts to reach Givens’ attorney Dan Warlick were unsuccessful.
A Titans spokesman indicated that the club had not yet seen the lawsuit and therefore could not comment.