Alex Smith is fine. But that’s all he is: Good enough to get by, but not the kind of quarterback who can actually go out and win a few games on his own from time to time.
The Chiefs bringing in Romo would then force them to resolve the situation with Smith, who has two years left on his contract. But that wouldn’t be a terrible problem to have.
Kansas City would also have to do some work to finagle Romo’s contract under the cap. Right now, the Chiefs are projected to have only about $4.2 million in cap space, and they have to make decisions about pending free agents Eric Berry and Dontari Poe.
In past instances when the NFL or NFL teams have been accused of negligence towards player health, they could claim ignorance. The league’s Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee published several studies claiming no definitive link between CTE and football, essentially saying that the science is inconclusive. When concussions went undocumented in those studies, the league said that its database was never meant to be comprehensive, making itself out to be hapless.
There is little ambiguity in the court filings, however.
Current Pittsburgh Steelers team doctor and former president of the NFL Physicians Society testified that, “a majority of clubs as of 2010 had trainers controlling and handling prescription medications and controlled substances when they should not have.” Trainers do not have license to distribute and administer prescription medications, and doing so is a violation of federal law.
In 2006, Minnesota Vikings head trainer Eric Sugarman lobbied the team doctor, vice president of operations, and head coach Brad Childress to administer Toradol more often.