Greg Taylor, pro football rookie out of Virginia who beat the odds and made the New England Patriots' 1982 regular-season roster as a 12th-round draft pick, only to be cut after one game, sued the NFL club yesterday for $30 million.
Taylor claims in U.S. District Court, Boston, that he fractured his right leg, the fibula, making one of his two kickoff returns in the Sept. 12 opener against Baltimore and was never told about it.
Receiver-running back Taylor named the Patriots and Norwood Hospital in the suit alleging the team had X-rays taken the day after the game and told him he had a bone bruise; to apply ice. "I took their word for it," said Taylor, supported by a crutch, outside the courthouse.
Taylor remained with the Patriots through Sept. 16, including a day of practice, and was waived three days before NFL Week 2 -- five days before the NFLPA strike. CFL's Montreal Concordes claimed him and worked him out Sept. 21. He ran about 15 pass patterns without noticeable difficulty; then, made a cut and felt a sharp pain.
"We had him X-rayed the next day and the fracture was 4-6 weeks old," said the Concordes' therapist. "You could tell by the way the X-ray was clouded over." Taylor's attorney says doctors in Montreal told them different -- that the injury was more recent, most likely from the Sept. 12 game.
"Either way it's negligence," says Taylor's lawyer. The Patriots withhold comment.