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Player sues Lions over injury suffered at regional combine

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 26:  Fans wait to enter Ford Field due to increased security prior the game between the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles at Ford Field on November 26, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Getty Images

A player who says he was hurt when a piece of metal fell and hit him on the head while he was at Ford Field for the 2014 regional combine has sued the Detroit Lions.

Former Temple defensive tackle Shahid Paulhill has filed a lawsuit against the Lions and the Downtown Detroit Building Authority, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Paulhill says he was hit by “a section of tubular metal approximately 2 feet in length” that fell from somewhere above him. His agent, Rod Ardoin, said Paulhill suffered a significant injury and was removed from the combine.

“A pipe fell from the field and actually, in the stadium, and actually hit Shahid in the head,” Ardoin told the Free Press. “It was so bad to where he sustained a pretty — I’m not a doctor, of course, but it was a substantial concussion to where the facility doctors, the doctors that were on hand, actually withheld him from running in the combine at all, period. I mean, blurred vision, headaches, nausea, the whole nine yards. For a while.”

Paulhill participated in another regional combine last year and is now on the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.

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18 Responses to “Player sues Lions over injury suffered at regional combine”
  1. thefatlazygamer says: Feb 17, 2016 5:23 PM

    I see a large settlement in that player’s future.

  2. gerwinke1985 says: Feb 17, 2016 5:23 PM

    Translation: I suck at football and couldn’t cut it in the NFL so I’m going to sue and try to collect an NFL paycheck that way.

  3. shaggytoodle says: Feb 17, 2016 5:24 PM

    Random stuff falling? I didn’t think this stadium was too old… but at the rate things are going look for the Lions to threaten to move to LA if they can’t get Stadium fit for an NFL team.

  4. boogerhut says: Feb 17, 2016 5:37 PM

    I guess that if you think you might perform poorly, you could always keep a friend or relative in the stands with a good arm.

  5. shaggytoodle says: Feb 17, 2016 5:38 PM

    Tanya Harding is mad she didn’t think of this.

  6. rosstuckershair says: Feb 17, 2016 5:47 PM

    I didn’t know they were conducting this in the old Silverdome?

  7. jerry944 says: Feb 17, 2016 5:57 PM

    If you were there watching a game and was hit in the head like this you would sue also..has nothing to do with his talent level

  8. gerwinke1985 says: Feb 17, 2016 6:04 PM

    jerry944 says:
    Feb 17, 2016 5:57 PM

    If you were there watching a game and was hit in the head like this you would sue also..has nothing to do with his talent level

    yet he waited over a year. After no one picked him up…lol, sure it doesn’t

  9. jboogie72 says: Feb 17, 2016 6:16 PM

    LA can have them!

  10. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 17, 2016 6:21 PM

    The little known “drop a pipe on the head” test to determine a player’s susceptibility to concussion.

  11. ravensfan56 says: Feb 17, 2016 6:38 PM

    The Lions are a joke. Any team that hires a moron like Randy Edsall deserves to lose a lot of games while he is employed.

    -Pissed off Maryland Terps fan

  12. yyc2phx says: Feb 17, 2016 7:14 PM

    I’ll second that …Randy Edsall is a joke

    Pissed off UCONN Huskies fan

  13. staffordsyear says: Feb 17, 2016 8:07 PM

    Well, he’s on a roster. It can’t be that bad..he probably just sucks and is lookin for a handout.

  14. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Feb 17, 2016 8:54 PM

    A story about a person who suffered an injury due to the negligence of others through no fault of their own?

    Cue up the morons who will say he didn’t sue fast enough or is looking for a hand out.

  15. thepftpoetisabitch says: Feb 17, 2016 9:12 PM

    So a 2′ piece of pipe fell from the rafters hit him on the head and all he got was a concussion. Seems legit

  16. golions1 says: Feb 17, 2016 9:37 PM

    It’s what you get when you drink Jobu’s rum before heading out of the locker room.

  17. cs-lewis says: Feb 17, 2016 11:15 PM

    if he had a concussion, how can he be sure it was a whole 9 yards?

  18. lion4ever26 says: Feb 18, 2016 5:53 AM

    Listen I have been a Lions season ticket holder for 27 years, I have a better chance of winning superbowl tickets then getting hit on the head by a falling pipe at Ford field. If it did happen maybe I would have such bad amnesia I would think I was a Packers fan!! If the Lions don’t win this year there will be nothing left overhead to fall down. People are ready to burn the stadium down as it is. Leave the old Silverstone alone, every team who ever came to play there knows how loud that place was to play in. Ford field is one resin the Lions don’t win the big games. They have put prices the real hard core blue collar workers. The Silverstome had a seat for every fan economically. It rocked and I still miss it to this day.

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