Raiders’ Romanowski sued by teammate after August fight
OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland Raiders linebacker Bill Romanowski was sued Thursday by teammate Marcus Williams, seriously injured when they fought during practice.
The suit, filed in Alameda County court, seeks unspecified damages for alleged battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Romanowski instigated the fight Aug. 24 when he ripped off Williams’ helmet and punched him in the face, breaking a bone around his left eye. The fracture put Williams on injured reserve — ending his season before it began.
No criminal charges were filed, and Romanowski apologized publicly several days later.
Yesterday, Williams’ agent said that was not enough.
“Seeing Bill’s somewhat cavalier attitude in terms of apologizing after each incident and saying it wasn’t going to happen again and never being taken to task for it was getting underneath Marcus’ skin,” agent Lee Kolligian said.
The 37-year-old Romanowski is known for fanatical behavior during his 16-year NFL career. This was the latest physical episode involving Romanowski, who missed just one day of practice after the fight.
Romanowski has not played since a loss Sept. 22 in Denver because of a series of concussions. He was in Pittsburgh yesterday being evaluated, Raiders coach Bill Callahan said.
Browns O’Hara has knee surgery
Cleveland Browns guard Shaun O’Hara underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and will be sidelined for at least three weeks.
The Browns said O’Hara got hurt in Sunday’s win over the Oakland Raiders.
However, O’Hara’s agent, Tony Agnone, said the fourth-year veteran injured his knee several weeks ago and reaggravated it on Sunday.
Browns coach Butch Davis said two MRIs on O’Hara’s knee showed no structural damage, but team doctor Anthony Miniaci wanted to be sure and performed an exploratory procedure on Tuesday.
Davis would not elaborate on O’Hara’s injury Wednesday and did not divulge the operation had taken place until yesterday. Davis said O’Hara has a “stretched” anterior cruciate ligament but that nothing is torn.
The Browns are counting on O’Hara to be back in time for their Nov. 9 game at Kansas City. Cleveland hosts San Diego on Sunday and plays at New England next week before its bye.
Giants CB Peterson out with stress fracture in back
Will Peterson, whose emergence last season at cornerback allowed the New York Giants to waive Jason Sehorn, might miss the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his lower back.
There is a chance Peterson, a Laurel Highlands graduate, could play again in six to eight weeks, but doctors have also told him it might take up to three months to heal.
“I was pretty stunned,” Peterson said yesterday. “I thought it was a muscle or something.”
Peterson was hurt in a game against Miami on Oct. 5, although he could not recall the precise play. He didn’t miss any action against the Dolphins or in Sunday’s loss to New England.
The stress fracture of the vertebra in his lower back was detected on Wednesday by an MRI and a CAT scan.
“It’s not a big deal, except that I will miss some time,” said Peterson, who had a nagging problem with soreness in recent days. “The only way it will heal is without any pressure being put on it, or any kind of extreme turning, which my job requires. The good thing is we caught it before it broke all the way through.”