Levens and Lewis Sue NFL For Brain Injuries
Jamal Lewis, Dorsey Levens along with Fulton Kuykendall and Ryan Stewart, filed the lawsuit against the National Football League and NFL Properties LLC this week over brain injuries that they say left them struggling with medical problems years after their playing days ended.
The men claim a range of medical problems stemming from their playing days, including memory loss, headaches and sleeplessness. The players maintain the NFL knew as early as the 1920s of the potential for concussions to harm its players but only went public last year.
Each of the four ex-players had long careers in the NFL. Their lawsuit is one of about a half-dozen suits filed against the NFL in recent months by past players who say the league did not do enough to protect them from concussions.
Lewis, just 32 years of age, played running back for the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns during his 10-year career which ended in 2009. Levens, who is 41, also was a running back, playing 11 seasons until his career ended in 2003. Kuykendall, a former linebacker who is 58, played in the NFL between 1974 and 1985. And Stewart, 38, was a safety for the Detroit Lions for five seasons ending in 2000.