Houston WR sues Marshall, league over 2008 injury
Houston wide receiver Patrick Edwards, who broke his leg when he
ran into a metal service cart in an October 2008 game at Marshall,
accused the school in a lawsuit of maintaining an unsafe playing
Edwards was running full speed for a long pass when his right
shin crashed into the cart just beyond the end zone. Edwards
suffered a compound fracture and a rod was inserted in his lower
right leg during surgery the next day in Huntington.
The lawsuit was first reported by KRIV-TV in Houston.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Kanawha County Circuit Court seeks
unspecified damages and a jury trial. Also named as defendants were
Conference USA and game referee Gil Gelbke, whom the lawsuit said
was in charge of inspection and notification.
Marshall had a duty to maintain its football field in a
reasonably safe manner, including the removal of obstructions, the
lawsuit said. It cites NCAA football rules requiring the officials
to remove any markers and obstructions from the playing surface
that might be hazards to players.
”We are aware of the lawsuit and have advised our attorneys,”
Conference USA said in a statement. ”It was an unfortunate
accident and we are glad that Patrick has recovered so well from
it. We will have no further comment regarding ongoing
Gerald Austin, the league’s director of football officials,
Marshall spokesman Matt Turner declined to comment on pending
litigation, but said the university had not received a copy of the
The Conference USA game was televised nationally and the
accident was shown thousands of times on the Internet – even
Edwards said he saw the replay of the gruesome injury.
Marshall officials apologized afterward and several Thundering
Herd players and then-coach Mark Snyder visited Edwards in the
Edwards, who said at the time he held no animosity toward
Marshall, missed the remainder of the 2008 season but returned to
catch 85 passes for 1,021 yards and six touchdowns as a junior in