Ex-NFL Player Loses Workers' Comp Appeal Against Steelers

Law360, Philadelphia (September 3, 2013, 3:46 PM EDT) -- A former defensive end with the Pittsburgh Steelers football team lost his bid for workers' compensation Thursday after the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court found that a 2004 injury that ended his season did not result in a loss of earnings despite his never playing professionally again.

A three-judge panel agreed that testimony from a pair of orthopedic surgeons who treated Ainsley Battles after a season-ending hamstring tear in 2004 proved that the player sufficiently recovered from the injury to continue pursuing his football career prior to his ultimate retirement in 2006.

"Both doctors agreed that claimant's injury would not prevent him from...

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