New York City has the toughest road to recovery for injured players
Posted On July 30, 2021
NEW YORK — New York’s city-county governments will be given a two-year window to make the best of a $1.4 billion medical disaster that has left thousands of NFL players with a host of health issues, from headaches to depression and chronic pain.
City officials said Thursday that a two month window is the maximum allowed under state law, but the window for those affected to seek medical attention could run as long as six months, a delay the mayor’s office said was to give them time to find a doctor willing to treat their injuries.
If the window doesn’t close in the next two months, the players will be eligible to take advantage of a new, state-run medical insurance program.
The city has not set a timeline for when it will open the program.
In the meantime, the NFL has been urging its players to seek help.NFL players have been advised to seek treatment from specialists in their home cities, said Adam Schefter, NFL correspondent for ESPN.
That advice has also been extended to the National Football League.
The league has also provided a list of doctors in the state who can treat players.
The New York Times reported Thursday that one NFL player was treated at a facility in the Bronx.
The newspaper said one player in the city had an infection in his hip and a bone infection in the foot.