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Sat, 12 Apr 2008 22:57:00 -0700
Charles Chandler, of the Charlotte Observer, reports former Carolina Panthers WR Patrick Jeffers will need to decide if he wants to continue his legal battle against the team after an NFL arbitrator ruled that the case does not belong in a courtroom. Two days after the March 25 arbitration ruling, Jeffers' claims against the Panthers were dismissed with prejudice. Jeffers accused former team physician Dr. Donald D'Alessandro of malpractice and negligence during an Aug. 2000 surgery and said the team was negligent in retaining the doctor because they knew he had a propensity to perform operations that exceeded the inform consent given by Carolina players.
Wed, 26 Apr 2006 06:02:14 -0700
Charles Chandler, of the Charlotte Observer, reports former Carolina Panthers WR Patrick Jeffers has voluntarily dismissed his medical malpractice claims against a former team physician, but his attorney said he plans to re-file the lawsuit within a year. The dismissal was filed "for technical, legal and procedural reasons." Jeffers filed a dismissal without prejudice, which gives him a year to re-file under court rules. The portion of the original lawsuit filed against the Panthers was not dismissed. That part will be heard by an NFL arbitrator, but has been put on hold by Jeffers. Jeffers claimed in the original lawsuit that his career was "destroyed" by an August 2000 knee surgery in which Dr. Donald D'Alessandro went beyond the bounds of the informed consent given. D'Alessandro and the Miller Clinic, which has since merged and been re-named OrthoCarolina, filed court papers denying Jeffers' claims.
Sat, 21 May 2005 07:34:09 -0700
Charles Chandler, reports for the Charlotte Observer, former Carolina Panthers WR Patrick Jeffers and his attorneys are turning to the North Carolina Supreme Court in an effort to get their case against the Panthers' former team doctor to court. They asked the Supreme Court to review the N.C. Court of Appeals decision last month to dismiss an appeal by Jeffers, saying the matter has "significant public interest." A lower court ruled Jeffers had to arbitrate the part of the case that pertains to the team, according to the grievance provisions of the NFL's collective bargaining agreement (CBA). Jeffers' petition to the state Supreme Court said the player's complaints against the Panthers are not covered by the CBA.
Fri, 07 May 2004 15:49:47 -0700
The Charlotte Observer reports former NFL WR Patrick Jeffers is appealing a judge's ruling in an attempt to have his case against the Carolina Panthers heard in court, as opposed to the NFL's grievance and arbitration system. Court papers filed by Jeffers' attorneys said the arbitration method provided by the NFL collective bargaining agreement does not allow them to acquire discovery documents, depositions and other evidence necessary to prepare their case. Jeffers' suit alleges that former Panthers orthopedist Dr. Donald D'Alessandro performed five unauthorized surgical procedures on Jeffers' knees during an August 2000 surgery that led to the end of his NFL career.
Wed, 07 Apr 2004 12:13:52 -0700
Charles Chandler, of the Charlotte Observer, reports a judge has ruled that if former NFL WR Patrick Jeffers pursues any action against the Carolina Panthers, he must do so via the NFL's grievance system rather than in court. Jeffers included the Panthers in a lawsuit he filed in Aug. 2003 against former Panthers' orthopedist Dr. Donald D'Alessandro and the Miller Orthopaedic Clinic. The Panthers filed a motion to require Jeffers to stand by the NFL collective-bargaining agreement, which says that player disputes with a team generally should be handled as a grievance before an arbitrator. Jeffers' attorney argued that the CBA didn't apply to the case. Jeffers' suit alleged that D'Alessandro performed five unauthorized surgical procedures on his knees during an August 2000 surgery that led to the premature end of his NFL career. D'Alessandro denied the allegations in court papers, saying he had appropriate authorization for all procedures performed on Jeffers.
Wed, 13 Aug 2003 13:40:30 -0700
Charles Chandler, of the Charlotte Observer, reports former Carolina Panthers WR Patrick Jeffers filed a lawsuit against the former team orthopedist, the Panthers and the Miller Orthopaedic Clinic on Tuesday, August 12. Jeffers alleges medical malpractice and negligence by Dr. Donald D'Alessandro, claiming he added five procedures to an Aug. 20, 2000, surgery without Jeffers' informed consent. The suit contends the procedures led to the end of Jeffers' NFL career.
Thu, 31 Oct 2002 09:57:02 -0800
Steve Reed reports for the Gaston Gazette that Carolina Panthers rookie RB DeShaun Foster (knee), who is out for the remainder of the year, has decided to undergo microfracture surgery on his left knee after seeking a second opinion. Foster had surgery before the season after a piece of cartilage had torn off under his kneecap. The scar tissue never formed after the surgery so Foster continued to have pain and swelling in the knee when he ran. The team doesnít believe it compares to the same surgery WR Patrick Jeffers had in 2000. Heíll likely have the surgery in the next few weeks.
Thu, 29 Aug 2002 08:56:06 -0700
The Charlotte Observer reports former Carolina Panthers WR Patrick Jeffers (knee) said he is not done with his comeback. One day after being released by the Panthers, he said he will remain in Charlotte to continue his rehab and see if he can eventually catch on with another team. ďAs long as Iím getting better, Iíll keep doing it,Ē Jeffers said. ďItís certainly my goal to see where I can get health-wise and speed-wise and see what happens from there.Ē
Tue, 27 Aug 2002 14:19:58 -0700
Panthers.com reports the Carolina Panthers have released WR Patrick Jeffers. "Everyone in the Panthers organization thinks the world of Patrick, and this was a very difficult decision, but one we had to make at this time," said GM Marty Hurney.
Thu, 22 Aug 2002 22:50:21 -0700
Steve Reed reports for the Gaston Gazette Carolina Panthers WR Patrick Jeffers (knee) will miss Friday's pre-season game.
Mon, 29 Jul 2002 03:45:14 -0700
Steve Reed for the Gaston Gazette reports the Carolina Panthers have placed WR Patrick Jeffers (knee) on the physically unable to perform list.
Wed, 24 Jul 2002 06:53:25 -0700
The Charlotte Observer reports Carolina Panthers WR Patrick Jeffers (knee) has not been cleared to practice with the team when training camp starts. As noted earlier, his future with the team could be in doubt due to the lingering knee issues. Said Jeffers' agent Brad Blank: "Patrick has gone several weeks without any pain, and that's the longest stretch that he's had. The Panthers have been patient with this, and we're hoping that within a few weeks of camp, he can get out there."
Sun, 23 Jun 2002 00:58:49 -0700
Steve Reed reports for the Gaston Gazette the NFL future of Carolina Panthers WR Patrick Jeffers (knee surgeries) remains in doubt. He has undergone five knee operations in the last two years. There remains a lot of uncertainty as to whether heíll pass the teamís physical in training camp and play this season. Jeffers is trying to remain upbeat about the whole situation. His focus remains on being ready for training camp, but thatís no longer a given.
Thu, 20 Jun 2002 04:59:34 -0700
Updating an ongoing storyline, the Charlotte Observer reports Carolina Panthers WR Patrick Jeffers (knees) may not even be ready for training camp due to continued recovery from off-season knee surgery. Jeffers remains optimistic but admitted he isnít sure he can pass a pre-training camp physical for the team. Jeffers plans to resume running and weight-bearing exercises in two weeks.
Wed, 19 Jun 2002 16:53:07 -0700
Panthers.com reports Carolina Panthers WR Patrick Jeffers (knee) has been hampered by knee problems. According to John Fox, Jeffer's status is a "wait-and-see". Coach Fox said a better decision would be made during training camp.
Tue, 11 Jun 2002 23:04:51 -0700
The Gaston Gazette reports Carolina Panthers WR/KR Steve Smith is working with the first-string offense during practices because WRs Patrick Jeffers and Isaac Byrd have both been out nursing injuries.
Mon, 03 Jun 2002 03:38:59 -0700
The Gaston Gazette reports Carolina Panthers WR Patrick Jeffers (knee surgery) wonít be taking part in the teamís minicamp this week. As reported, Jeffers, who has had five knee surgeries in the past two years, is hopeful of being ready to go come training camp.
Fri, 31 May 2002 16:41:24 -0700
Panthers.com reports Carolina Panthers WR Patrick Jeffers expects to start running soon. Jeffers thinks he will be ready for the teamís training camp.
Sat, 04 May 2002 12:52:45 -0700
Panthers.com reports Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox said WR Patrick Jeffers (knee) came into camp on Saturday morning and everything with his surgery Friday went well. Fox said it's just a matter of time on how it'll heal.
Sat, 04 May 2002 06:35:41 -0700
The Charlotte Observer reports Carolina Panthers WR Patrick Jeffers (knees) underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday and should be able to return for the start of training camp in July. Head coach John Fox estimated his recovery time to be six to eight weeks.
Thu, 02 May 2002 19:34:46 -0700
Panthers.com reports QB Chris Weinke (shoulder surgery), DE John Milem (knee) and WR Patrick Jeffers (knee) will sit out the Carolina Panthers mini-camp this weekend.
Fri, 05 Apr 2002 08:02:25 -0800
The Charlotte Observer reports Carolina Panthers WR Patrick Jeffers admitted he was sore after the conclusion of the team's mini-camp Thursday. "I don't think he's completely well yet, and he'll tell you that," wide receivers coach Richard Williamson said. A starting job is wide open and there is optimism Jeffers can claim it, but it is cautious optimism. "I don't think with an arthritic condition I'm ever going to feel 100 percent again," Jeffers said. If things go really well, Jeffers could be working with the first team when training camp opens in July.
Tue, 02 Apr 2002 22:52:25 -0800
As an update to a previous story, the Gaston Gazette reports Carolina Panthers WR Patrick Jeffers practiced Tuesday during the team's mini-camp without a knee brace. He looked good running routes and the team continues to look for his return to the starting lineup in 2002.
Tue, 26 Feb 2002 07:50:30 -0800
ESPN's John Clayton reports Carolina Panthers WR Patrick Jeffers has restructured his contract with the team and saved the team about $2 million under the cap. He'll be able to make up the difference in incentives.
Mon, 31 Dec 2001 11:02:38 -0800
The Associated Press reports Carolina Panthers WR Isaac Byrd (concussion) will miss this week's game. WR Muhsin Muhammad (turf toe) is also expected to miss the game meaning WR Patrick Jeffers is exspected to make his first start on Sunday in almost two years. WR Donald Hayes (ankle) is questionable, but coach George Seifert said he is hopeful Hayes can play. TE Wesley Walls (strained ACL) will likely miss his second straight game.
Wed, 26 Dec 2001 15:58:17 -0800
Associated Press reports Carolina Panthers WR Patrick Jeffers, coming back from several surgeries on his knees over the past year, saw his most extensive playing time of the season last week. He was on the field for about 30 snaps and ended up with a team high seven receptions for 70 yards. Jeffers said he feels like he needs to prove to the coaching staff that he can be a dominating player again.
Sun, 23 Dec 2001 19:30:15 -0800
Charles Chandler reports for the Charlotte Observer Carolina Panthers WR Patrick Jeffers had his best game since he began his comeback from serious knee injuries. He caught a team-high seven passes for 70 yards. "I knew going into this game that they were planning on using me a little more," Jeffers said. "We were throwing the ball a lot, so I got more opportunities than usual." Jeffers helped fill a void left by the absence of WR Muhsin Muhammad (turf toe). Though Jeffers is not all the way back to his pre-injury level of productivity, Sunday's performance was a good start.
Fri, 21 Dec 2001 15:42:55 -0800
ESPN's John Clayton reports Carolina Panthers WR Muhsin Muhammad (turf toe) hasn't been able to practice all week and the team is expected to start WR Isaac Byrd in his place this weekend. The team may give rookie Steve Smith more action as the No. 3 WR along with Patrick Jeffers.
Sun, 25 Nov 2001 07:49:31 -0800
The Winston Salem Journal reports with WR Muhsin Muhammad (shoulders) OUT, WR Isaac Byrd will start in his place. WR Patrick Jeffers also will have an increased role at wide receiver today, as will rookie Steve Smith. Muhammad is expected to play next Sunday.
Wed, 21 Nov 2001 17:14:44 -0800
As an update to previous reports, the Associated Press reports Carolina Panthers WR Muhsin Muhammad (shoulders) won't play this weekend. WRs Isaac Byrd and Patrick Jeffers will split time filling in for him.
Wed, 21 Nov 2001 15:11:38 -0800
Panthers.com reports Carolina Panthers head coach George Seifert said WR Donald Hayes (ribs) will be available for this weekend's game. Hayes, Isaac Byrd, Patrick Jeffers and Steve Smith will likely all play with Muhsin Muhammad (shoulder) expected to sit. Hayes practiced on Wednesday.
Wed, 31 Oct 2001 10:55:46 -0800
The News Observer reports Carolina Panthers WR Patrick Jeffers (knees) said he's not the same player he was before undergoing three surgeries on his knees in the past year. Jeffers said he's going to get better, both faster and quicker. "I just can't do the things I used to do, but I'm not far off," Jeffers said. He's currently the team's No. 4 receiver and saw his first action of the season last weekend.
Sat, 27 Oct 2001 11:39:07 -0700
The Winston-Salem Journal reports Carolina Panthers KR/WR Steve Smith (knee) was able to do some limited work the past two days and there remains a chance he could play this weekend. If Smith cannot play, WR Patrick Jeffers would likely be active for the first time this year. WR Isaac Byrd would likely assume the duties of kickoff and punt returner.
Thu, 25 Oct 2001 21:13:10 -0700
Updating an earlier story, the Charlotte Observer reports the health of Carolina Panthers KR/PR Steve Smith (knee) may determine if WR Patrick Jeffers is active Sunday. If Smith can't play, it's almost a certainty Jeffers will.
Thu, 25 Oct 2001 14:32:39 -0700
Associated Press reports Carolina Panthers WR Patrick Jeffers is expected to return to the field for the first time since suffering a torn ACL 14 months ago. Jeffers has been inactive all season, but was told by the coaching staff that he'd be active for this weekend's game. However, he's expected to be limited and only see time in multiple receiver sets. Mushin Muhammad and Donald Hayes remain the starters, with Isaac Byrd serving as the No. 3 receiver.
Sun, 21 Oct 2001 19:10:14 -0700
The Charlotte Observer reports WR Patrick Jeffers led the contingency of Carolina Panthers inactive players on Sunday. Also inactive were LB Dan Morgan (injured tibia), CB Deveron Harper (injured hamstring), DE Jason Peter (injured neck and shoulders), LB Kory Minor (injured knee), TE Casey Crawford, and OL Jeno James.
Thu, 18 Oct 2001 14:44:27 -0700
According to Panthers.com, Carolina Panthers head coach George Seifert said thought WR Muhsin Muhammad (hip pointer) had some "juice" during today's practice. As reported, the team anticipates Muhammad playing this weekend. On the Patrick Jeffers front, Seifert still has not decided it Jeffers will play this weekend.
Wed, 17 Oct 2001 15:50:00 -0700
The team's official site reports Carolina Panthers coach George Seifert said WR Muhsin Muhammad is still sore after he had shots to his ribs and hip last Sunday. The coach expects him to play Sunday, but he also wants to give him a chance to heal. WR Patrick Jeffers got some more reps earlier today because Muhammad was sidelined. Seifert said he would decide Muhammad's status at the end of the week.
Mon, 15 Oct 2001 16:15:29 -0700
Carolina Panthers head coach George Seifert, according to Panthers.com, stated he's getting closer to having WR Patrick Jeffers (knees) active for a game. However, he's not sure when it'll happen. He noted that WRs Muhsin Muhammad and Donald Hayes would initially remain the starters even when Jeffers is named active for a game.
Fri, 12 Oct 2001 21:45:24 -0700
The Gaston Gazette reports Carolina Panthers WR Patrick Jeffers said heís ready to play football again. He's awaiting word from coach George Seifert that it is OK for him to return. "They havenít told me anything yet," Jeffers said. "Physically I feel good. Iíve had two good weeks in a row, and I feel better every day. So Iím optimistic." Seifert still wonít commit to using him this Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. He said it would likely be a numbers decision depending on the health of LB Dean Wells.
Fri, 12 Oct 2001 13:55:35 -0700
Pat Yasinskas, of the Charlotte Observer, reports for Sporting News, that head coach George Seifert indicated there is a possibility WR Patrick Jeffers could play this week in a very limited role.
Wed, 10 Oct 2001 21:08:08 -0700
The Charlotte Observer's Dan Wolken reports Carolina Panthers WR Patrick Jeffers has not been ruled out of this weekend's game by coach George Seifert. "He's still working his way into being ready," Seifert said. "He's starting to capture my imagination." Jeffers agreed he's close to full speed after surgeries on both knees in the past 14 months.
Mon, 08 Oct 2001 08:23:01 -0700
The Charlotte Observer reports in addition to RB Nick Goings, the Carolina Panthers declared LB Dan Morgan, C Jeff Mitchell, CB Reggie Howard, WR Patrick Jeffers and TE Casey Crawford inactive for last night's game. QB Matt Lytle was the team's No. 3 QB.
Thu, 04 Oct 2001 19:42:41 -0700
Carolina Panthers coach George Seifert told the media today WR Muhsin Muhammad (bruised chest) practiced today. C Jeff Mitchell (knee) was feeling better and working with the team's and conditioning coach, although he did not practice. Seifert said he may return to practice tomorrow. Seifert said WR Patrick Jeffers "is looking better all the time." He's not ready for game action yet.
Tue, 25 Sep 2001 13:52:30 -0700
The Winston Salem-Journal reports head coach George Seifert said that WR Patrick Jeffers will not play against the Green Bay Packers and Jeffers said that he isn't certain when he will be ready to play in a game. Jeffers will once again see limited practice this week, but is hoping to get a shot to play soon.
Wed, 19 Sep 2001 22:23:01 -0700
The Charlotte Observer's Charles Chandler reports Carolina Panthers starting C Jeff Mitchell didn't practice Wednesday. Coach George Seifert said team doctors wanted to make sure Mitchell's skin didn't get infected from turf burns sustained in the Minnesota game. He is expected back at practice on Thursday. Seifert added there is a chance RB Richard Huntley will get his first playing time with the Panthers on Sunday, though he's still leaning toward splitting carries between RBs Tshimanga Biakabutuka and Nick Goings. As previously reported S Mike Minter (knee sprain) and WR Patrick Jeffers (recovering from off-season knee surgeries) definitely won't play Sunday.
Tue, 18 Sep 2001 10:35:52 -0700
The Charlotte Observer, as an update to an ongoing storyline, reports Carolina Panthers WR Patrick Jeffers (knees) is almost pain free. However, he's still suffering from some swelling and hasn't been able to return to full-speed so far. While he continues to practice, the coaching staff hasn't told him he'll be in any offensive schemes.
Mon, 17 Sep 2001 21:25:23 -0700
The Gaston Gazette reports Carolina Panthers S Mike Minter and WR Patrick Jeffers practiced on Monday, but both said they donít expect to play Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.
Mon, 17 Sep 2001 16:20:47 -0700
Associated Press reports Carolina Panthers RB Richard Huntley (hamstring), WR Patrick Jeffers (knee) and S Mike Minter (knee) all practiced again on Monday. However, head coach George Seifert wouldn't comment on their availability for this weekend's game against the Falcons.
Tue, 11 Sep 2001 16:25:58 -0700
Panthers.com reports Carolina Panthers head coach George Seifert, during his weekly press conference, stated WR Patrick Jeffers (knees) and RB Richard Huntley (hamstring) will continue to practice. However, they may not play immediately as Seifert said both players are still "a ways away from" getting into playing shape. From there, they have to develop timing. Seifert said as soon as he sees that start to come about, there will be pressure to get them back into the mix.