NFL franchises are people, too

Good Morning, Broncos fans! 250 more ex-players have joined the recent painkiller lawsuit against the NFL.

Among this group is former Chargers, Bills, Cowboys, and Jags defensive tackle Marcellus Wiley.

Wiley, who is just 39 years old (!), recently suffered partial renal failure (!!).

The Columbia alum and ESPN analyst alleges that then-Chargers team hack David Chao once misdiagnosed a torn abdominal wall as a severe groin sprain.

Wiley says he was then administered administered multiple injections over the course of that season:

You can't walk into a doctor's office and say, 'Give me this, give me that, just to get through the day.' Somebody would shut the place down. But that's what was going on in the NFL. It's easy to get mesmerized. I won't deny that; there's this 'play-through-the-pain, fall-on-the-sword' culture, and somebody in line ready to step up and take your place ...

And the next question when people hear about this stuff is: 'Where's the personal responsibility?' Well, I'm not a medical doctor, but I did take the word of a medical doctor who took an oath to get me through not just one game, or one season, but a lifetime. Meanwhile, he's getting paid by how many bodies he gets out on the field.

Of course, IAOFM readers might recognize Dr. Chao from articles like this one and this one.

NFL flacks like Peter King and Greg Bedard have suggested that former players should be suing individual doctors, rather than the NFL or its teams.

Well, here's a prime example of how ludicrous that idea is.

It was known for many years that Chao was a hack, and yet, the Chargers continued to employ him as their team doctor. (Yes, the NFLPA should have demanded Chao's ouster sooner than they did, but at least they eventually did so.)

In this case, the clowns that trumpet personal responsibility are suggesting that an NFL franchise need not exhibit organizational responsibility.

Where is the personal responsibility of Chargers owner Dean Spanos, who signed Chao's checks for 15 years?

Perhaps we can hear from those same personal responsibility folks about what an accomplished and erudite businessman Spanos is.

Of course, he's just the guy who inherited ownership of an NFL franchise from his dad, and is trying to extract hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies from the city of San Diego, to keep the Chargers in town.

Anyway, we digress. Onto the rest of the day's news...


Videos: Von Miller, Julius Thomas, and Chris Harris speak after practice; BTV on Miller's return from injury.

Matt Prater missed the first four days of OTAs due to an undisclosed health issue, but returned on Tuesday.

Harris is starting to walk back his own talk of being fully recovered from ACL surgery and ready to go in time for Week 1.

Von says he regrets having put on extra weight last offseason.

Jack Del Rio says Denver's schedule will bring several opponents who play "power football."

DeMarcus Ware is already mentoring Von and Lerentee McCray.

Mike Klis says Miller won't be fully cleared until halfway through camp, and he sees in Von a growing maturity and sense of peace.

Lindsay Jones wonders if Julius Thomas will face a franchise tag dispute similar to what Jimmy Graham and the Saints are dealing with.


The NFL is putting on hiatus - for just one year - its silly tradition of using Roman numerals for its Super Bowls, so that there's not a Super Bowl L.

According to Dan Pompei, the league may still increase practice squad limits from eight to ten players as soon as this season.

San Francisco signed QB Colin Kaepernick to a six-year contract deal trumpeted as a "record extension" worth $126M, with $61M in guarantees. Naturally, it's really just a sextet of one-year deals, with only $13M in full guarantees.

New England added former Bears LB James Anderson, while DT Kevin Williams is basically begging to be signed by them.

Former Green Bay TE Jermichael Finley has reportedly drawn interest from Oakland and Pittsburgh.

Giants corner Jayron Hosley was suspended four games for violation of the drug policy.

Two more former Raiders cheerleaders have sued the team over working conditions and low pay.


Chase Stuart weights team winning percentage against passing touchdowns, interceptions, and NY/A.

While it's often said that blitzing Peyton Manning is a foolish endeavor, PFF's grades suggest it's better than the alternative.

Gordon McGuinness breaks down New England's roster depth; Chris Burke discusses Cincy's offseason; Mike Tanier evaluates Buffalo's.

Andrew Brandt interprets the slowness of the contract negotiation between Alex Smith and the Chiefs to mean the team isn't sure about Smith as their long-term QB.

Kevin Seifert makes a case for the NFL once again building a developmental league.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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