Former Titans tackle Taylor Lewan is planning to sue the "people and entities" responsible for what he described as an improperly performed surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee from the 2020 season.
Lewan, speaking on his "Bussin' With the Boys" podcast on Tuesday, said he was unable to go into great detail regarding his impending suit.
That said, he described the October 2020 surgery as something that negatively affected his play and quality of life.
There have been a lot of questions regarding the future of my career in the NFL.— Taylor Lewan (@TaylorLewan77) May 2, 2023
Although this doesn’t answer every question, I believe it’s important for you all to know what’s transpired since my ACL Surgery in October of 2020 pic.twitter.com/nVtFNAKjcG
"I'm in an unfortunate circumstance where I have had to file a lawsuit against the people and entities that are involved with my surgery from October of 2020," Lewan says in the clip. "But I wanted to take this opportunity on this podcast to let you know what's kind of going on in my life, fans that have followed my career, seeing those years before the surgery and obviously after the ACL surgery, kinda wondering, 'What the hell is happening with Lewan?'
"Since 2020, it sucked. It's been tough."
Lewan in October mentioned issues arising from his knee injury, saying there were "things with my knee going on now that are a direct correlation to what happened when I got my knee done."
Added Lewan: "I have to go and get my knee fixed to be able to play football or live, like, a normal life just in general."
Lewan originally tore his ACL in a Week 6 game vs. the Texans in 2020. The injury occurred on Oct. 18 2020 and was surgically repaired the same month. Lewan, the No. 11 overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, returned to the lineup in 2021, playing and starting 13 games (though he did miss some time with recurring knee issues). He injured the same knee in a Week 2 "Monday Night Football" loss to Buffalo in 2022, and was eventually released by the Titans after a nine-year NFL career.
According to Lewan's Pro Football Focus page (subscription required), he suffered a notable dip in his performance after tearing his ACL in 2020. He earned overall grades of 70.9 and 67.3 in 2021 and 2022, respectively; prior to 2020, his lowest overall grade was 73.4.
Lewan has drawn some interest as a free agent, though it remains to be seen whether the 31-year-old wants to — or is even able — to return to the NFL.