The CFL may not have heard the last of former receiver Arland Bruce.
According to Cam Tucker of Metro Vancouver, Bruce has filed a lawsuit against each CFL team, commissioner Mark Cohon and CFL Alumni Association executive director Leo Ezerins for allowing him to play despite showing the effects of a concussion he sustained in 2012.
The Ottawa Redblacks are included in the suit, listed as "Capital Gridiron Limited Partnership" and "Capital Gridiron GP Inc".
The Concussion Blog, an Illinois website, first posted the lawsuit that was filed in B.C. Supreme Court on Wednesday that shows Bruce as the plaintiff. The lawsuit claims that Bruce, who was playing for the B.C. Lions at the time, was knocked unconscious after a hit against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in September 2012.
"On November 18, 2012, the plaintiff was permitted to return to play in the CFL West Division Final against the Calgary Stampeders despite still suffering from the effects of concussion," stated the claim. "On November 18, 2012, the plaintiff, during the course of the CFL West Division Final, sustained multiple sub-concussion and concussive hits while playing the position of wide receiver. Further, despite the fact that the plaintiff was displaying the ongoing effects of concussion to medical professionals and coaching staff, he was permitted to return to play in the 2013 CFL season for the Montreal Alouettes."
When contacted by Metro Vancouver, a spokesperson wrote in an email that the league has not seen the lawsuit and did not provide any comment. The CFL instituted its concussion protocol in 2010 and it's the first lawsuit brought against the CFL regarding the issue.
Bruce, who was released by the Alouettes prior to this season, is seeking unspecified monetary damages.
Over his 12-year career, Bruce had 767 catches for 11,609 yards and 94 touchdowns with five teams.