CLEVELAND — Former Cleveland Browns receiver Joe Jurevicius sued the team and the Cleveland Clinic on Friday, saying the team misrepresented the cleanliness of its training facility and blaming doctors with negligence over a staph infection in his right knee that kept him from playing last year.
The lawsuit alleges that physicians failed to warn Jurevicius that therapy equipment was not always sanitized at the team’s training facility in suburban Berea.
The Browns had at least six players stricken with some sort of staph infection in recent years.
Jurevicius has said he contracted staph following arthroscopic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in January 2008. Jurevicius was released by the club in March.
Fred Nance, an attorney for the Browns, said Friday the lawsuit is being reviewed but that the Browns deny its allegations. He said the team’s facilities are compliant with all NFL requirements.
Burress review begins
NEW YORK — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has started his review of the Plaxico Burress shooting incident under the league’s personal conduct policy. The league confirmed Friday that Goodell was examining the incident in which Burress shot himself in the thigh in late November in a New York City nightclub. The commissioner could suspend him if he finds that the receiver violated the NFL policy on personal conduct.
Peterson OK with Favre
NORMAN, Okla. — All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson would welcome Brett Favre to Minnesota with open arms if the quarterback decides to come out of retirement for the second straight year and sign with the Vikings. Peterson said Friday that he grew up watching Favre and admires his passion for the game. But he said it’s up to coach Brad Childress on whether to pursue Favre or stick with Sage Rosenfels or Tarvaris Jackson as the Vikings quarterback.