Former Alabama TE Cole Harvey is filing a federal lawsuit against the NCAA and the SEC over brain injuries he suffered while he was a member of the Crimson Tide.
AL.com’s Michael Casagrande reports that Harvey is suing both organizations because they “failed to adopt or implement adequate concussion management safety protocols or return to play guidelines.” The suit said that Harvey was allowed to return to the field quickly after concussions and other sub-concussive hits.
The suit claims that he suffered between 10 and 15 concussions in less than two seasons at Alabama. He grayshirted during the 2005 season and redshirted in 2006. He never played in a game for Crimson Tide. The former player says that he now suffers from seizures, migraines, extreme sensitivity to light and “other debilitating issues.”
Harvey’s suit is one of 43 filed against the NCAA since May. It claims that both the SEC and NCAA knew about the long-term problems that concussions and sub-concussive hits could have on players, “but actively concealed this information to protect the very profitable business of ‘amateur’ college football.”
The suit is seeking damages that include medical expenses and lost future earnings.