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Joe Jurevicius | Wide Receiver

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (43) / 12/23/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 232
College: Penn State
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 2 (55) / NYG

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Former Browns WR Joe Jurevicius reached a settlement with the organization over its negligence in staph infections.
Jurevicious was seeking compensation for the Browns' failure to provide proper sterilization at their Barea facility. Jurevicius, one of six Browns to contract staph between 2003 and 2008, has now undergone six procedures on his knee to fix the problem. The knee issues ultimately ended his career. Tue, Jun 15, 2010 09:52:00 PM

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A federal judge has ruled that Joe Jurevicius can proceed with his lawsuit against the Browns for negligence in staph infections.

The Browns wanted the case thrown out and handled through arbitration as part of the NFL collective bargaining agreement. Jurevicius contends that the team is liable for failing to inform him of hazardous conditions. That seems perfectly reasonable considering the outbreak of staph infections over several seasons in Cleveland, not to mention the fact that it ended Jurevicius' career.
Thu, Apr 1, 2010 09:56:00 PM

The Browns predictably deny that they were negligent in causing and handling Joe Jurevicius' staph infection.

Remember when this was a nice story of a hometown guy taking less money to play for his favorite team? The Browns plan to "vigorously defend" themselves, so it sounds like we're headed for a trial.
Sat, Jun 27, 2009 01:09:00 PM

Former NFL receiver Joe Jurevicius is suing the Browns, ex-team Dr. Anthony Miniaci, and current team Dr. Richard Figler for "negligence and fraud" regarding his 2007-2008 knee injuries.

The 34-year-old is arguing that the doctors and team cost him more years in the NFL. Jurevicius needed at least seven knee surgeries after catching a staph infection at the Cleveland Clinic, which is also being sued. Jurevicius hasn't formally retired, but the lawsuits confirm that he's done playing.
Fri, Jun 26, 2009 11:43:00 AM

Browns released WR Joe Jurevicius.

The only surprise is that it took so long. Jurevicius was due $2.9M and the poor guy underwent seven known knee surgeries in less than a 12-month span ending in Dec. 2008. A second-round pick of the Giants in 1997, Jurevicius caught 29 touchdowns in his career, which is very unlikely to continue.
Wed, Mar 11, 2009 08:06:00 PM

Joe Jurevicius, already on injured reserve, underwent his seventh knee surgery in less than 12 months last week.

Jurevicius wants to play in 2009, but the Browns won't pay the $2.9 million he's due. To get a chance to make the team, he'll probably have to restructure it to the minimum. Jurevicius is 34 and should probably start thinking about life after football.
Fri, Dec 19, 2008 12:22:00 PM

Joe Jurevicius (knee surgeries) said Monday that he plans to return for the 2009 season.

"I have a lot of gas left in the tank," said the 11-year veteran. "Optimism-wise, I'm 110 percent that I'm playing football in 2009." However, Jurevicius needs a seventh procedure on his knee since January and the odds are heavily against him being effective at all if he returns. More likely, he'll be a cap casualty in February.
Mon, Nov 3, 2008 12:06:00 PM

ESPNews reports that the Browns will move WR Joe Jurevicius (knee surgeries) from the PUP list to injured reserve, ending his season.

Jurevicius will likely be a cap casualty in February and the move all but ends his 10-year career. The former Penn State Nittany Lion finishes with 323 career catches, a 12.8 YPC average, and 29 TDs. His best season came in 2005 with Seattle, when Jurevicius caught 10 scores and finished as the No. 23 overall fantasy receiver. He was a third-down machine in his prime.
Wed, Oct 29, 2008 01:02:00 PM

The Browns are expected to move Joe Jurevicius (knee surgeries, staph infection) from PUP to the injured reserve list in the next two weeks.

That roster move could unofficially end Jurevicius' 10-year career.
Sun, Oct 19, 2008 09:45:00 PM

Browns beat writer Tony Grossi says there are no signs that Joe Jurevicius (knee surgeries) is anywhere close to being ready to come off PUP.

Jurevicius would have come in handy for the Browns early in the season when Donte' Stallworth was out with a pulled quadriceps, but ultimately he figures to end up on injured reserve. It seems likely that Jurevicius has already played his last down in an NFL uniform.
Sun, Oct 12, 2008 12:44:00 AM

Browns GM Phil Savage says Joe Jurevicius (knee surgeries, PUP) has begun light jogging, but isn't doing football-related drills yet.

Jurevicius is eligible to return in Week 7, but the Browns will likely exercise their three-week window after that before deciding whether he can still play. Several knee surgeries threaten to end the 33-year-old's career.
Wed, Oct 1, 2008 04:31:00 PM

Browns GM Phil Savage reiterated that the team expects Joe Jurevicius (PUP, knee surgeries) "back at some point during the year."

Jurevicius can't return until Week 7 at the earliest. If the Browns get anything from the 33-year-old this season, it should be a pleasant surprise.
Sun, Aug 31, 2008 03:01:00 AM

Browns placed WR Joe Jurevicius (knee) on the PUP list.

He'll be out until at least Week 7 and there's speculation that he won't play at all this season following knee surgery. With Jurevicius out through Week 6 at best and Kevin Kasper done for the year, the Browns are suddenly very thin at receiver. Travis Wilson now looks like their third wideout behind Braylon Edwards and Donte Stallworth.
Tue, Aug 26, 2008 02:57:00 PM

Browns GM Phil Savage said in a radio interview Thursday that Joe Jurevicius (knee surgery) will likely start 2008 on the PUP list.

"Obviously every time he's taken a step forward, it's been two steps back," Savage said. He'd miss six weeks on the PUP list, but Jurevicius has been rumored to be privately saying he won't play in 2008.
Thu, Jul 17, 2008 12:22:00 PM "continues to hear" that Joe Jurevicius (multiple knee surgeries, staph infection) is privately saying he won't play in 2008.

It definitely wouldn't be a shock. PFT speculates that positive Cleveland media reports about Jurevicius may be an attempt by the Browns to increase leverage in trade talks regarding Eric Parker. The Browns could also wait until the end of training camp, when Parker will almost certainly be cut.
Mon, Jul 14, 2008 08:53:00 AM