Ruling prevents NFL from applying workers comp benefits offset

NEW YORK—A federal judge ruled National Football League team owners cannot apply a certain offset against workers compensation benefits paid to former players injured while playing.

U.S. District Judge Paul A. Crotty of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, ruled Friday that contract language does not allow the team owners to apply a “dollar-for-dollar” calculation to offset other benefits the players received.


In an Associated Press report, the NFL said the ruling only pertains to the proper calculation of workers compensation benefits for players who also receive injury protection payments.

The NFL Players Assn. said in a statement released Monday that it brought litigation because “workers compensation is a significant benefit for former players who suffered severe injuries during their playing days.”