Utecht wins concussion arbitration against the Bengals
Summary of 6 articles · Updated Jul 11, 2013
The arbitration focused on whether Utecht could have been cleared to play at any point in the 2009 season. Utecht’s concussion happened on Aug. Still, the fact that the underlying injury was a concussion and Utecht used the arbitration process to get relief shows that a system is there for players who think their rights were violated by the league or one of its teams. “The important thing is it is a decision for all players,” Utecht told Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. There’s a bit of apples and oranges at play here, since Utecht didn’t file an arbitration claim alleging the NFL concealed from him the dangers of concussions or failed to protect him from getting one. In deciding for the player, the arbitrator held that Utecht “had not been sufficiently tested, both in his aerobic and strength reconditioning program, nor had he been tested in sport specific activities which would be a more accurate means of determining whether the damage caused by the concussion had ‘cleared.’” Instead, the arbitration claim focused solely on whether he should have been cleared to return to play at any point during the 2009 regular season.