(NEW YORK) — Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita has spent most of the NFL offseason fighting commissioner Roger Goodell, but now he’s fighting to save his career. Fujita is dealing with a neck injury that could end his paying career according to ESPN.com.
Team officials and doctors fear that Fujita’s neck injury could be serious enough that he should perhaps never play another game.
This news is rather surprising as Fujita played in the first four games of the season. He did miss this past Sundays’ game because because of an apparent shoulder injury. Up until now, there had been no reports about a possible career-threatening injury.
The 33-year old Fujita was suspended by Goodell for his role with the New Orleans Saints bounty program. He was suspended by the NFL for one game, but has been embattled with the league and Goodell since the spring. The league initially suspended him for three games, then changed it to one game. Fujita is appealing his one game suspension.
Fujita played 11 seasons in the NFL with the Chiefs, Cowboys, Saints, and Browns.
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