O.J. McDuffie, a Miami Dolphins wide receiver from 1993 to 2000 whose career was cut short because of a toe injury, was awarded $11.5 million in a lawsuit against a doctor who treated the injury.
A Miami jury returned its verdict today against Dr. John Uribe. He said an appeal is likely. McDuffie’s lawyer said it was a fair verdict considering how much money McDuffie would have earned if he had been able to play into his 30s.
McDuffie has reached settlements with several other doctors who treated his toe injury.
McDuffie was the Dolphins’ first-round draft pick in 1993. His best season came in 1998, when he caught 90 passes for 1,050 yards. He suffered the toe injury in 1999.