Cincinnati Bengals criticized for medical handling of Rashad Jeanty, could result in a med-mal case

Side note: Even the NFL is not immune to the threat of medical malpractice. Recently, linebacker Rashad Jeanty was cut by the Cincinnati Bengals because he was not able to pass his physical. Jeanty’s agent claims that the reason his player is unable to pass his physical is due to a lingering condition stemming from a misdiagnosis of an injury sustained in last year’s play-off game. He claims that the injury has greatly diminished Jeantry’s value as a free agent and that a medical malpractice lawsuit against the Bengals is not out of the question.

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal
It’s been a rough week for the Bengals medical staff.

One day after the team had to admit a very expensive mistake with Antonio Bryant, the agent for deposed linebacker Rashad Jeanty sharply criticized how the team handled his client this off-season.

Jeanty fractured his fibula in the playoffs last year, and the team initially told him he didn’t need surgery. When Jeanty visited Miami as a restricted free agent, the Dolphins told him he would need major surgery on his ankle to stabilize his leg, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The Dolphins lost interest, and Jeanty underwent the surgery shortly thereafter. On Monday, the Bengals waived Jeanty for failing a physical.

“It’s tremendously disappointing on the way this has been handled,” his agent David Canter told Reedy. “We don’t see how the Cincinnati Bengals can do this without any inclination that this was even a possibility.

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