Bengals criticized for medical handling of Rashad Jeanty
One day after the team had to admit a very expensive mistake
with Antonio Bryant, the agent for deposed linebacker Rashad Jeanty sharply criticized
how the team handled his client this offseason.
Jeanty fractured his fibula in the playoffs last year, and the team initially told him he didnít need surgery. When Jeanty visited Miami as a restricted free agent, the Dolphins told him he would need major surgery on his ankle to stabilize his leg, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer
The Dolphins lost interest, and Jeanty underwent the surgery shortly thereafter. On Monday, the Bengals waived Jeanty for failing a physical
ďItís tremendously disappointing on the way this has been handled,Ē
his agent David Canter told Reedy. ďWe donít see how the Cincinnati Bengals can do this
without any inclination that this was even a possibility.
ďItís a tad
shocking how he was released and was done in a disheartening, callous
and unfair manner. The only reason why he isnít healthy and wasnít able
to pass the physical is because they failed to fully diagnose and
mistreated the injury.Ē
Jeanty was regarded as a leader in the locker room and had won the teamís Ed Block Courage award in 2008. He was widely expected to be placed on the PUP list.
Perhaps the Bengals were trying to get back some of the money they wasted in the Bryant fiasco. Then again, there could be a lawsuit for medical malpractice in their future.