Brockermeyer files malpractice lawsuit

CHICAGO -- Former Chicago Bears offensive tackle Blake Brockermeyer is suing team doctors, alleging mistreatment of a
shoulder injury.

He is now a reserve tackle with the Denver Broncos.

Brockermeyer's medical malpractice lawsuit, filed Tuesday in
Cook County Circuit Court, alleges team doctors incorrectly
evaluated an injury to his right shoulder after a Dec. 2, 2001,
game against the Detroit Lions. The team allowed him to play out
the season without telling him he risked permanent damage, the
lawsuit alleges.

The lawsuit alleges Dr. Mark Bowen, Dr. Gordon Nuber, head
trainer Tim Bream and the Northwestern Orthopedic Institute
incorrectly evaluated Brockermeyer's injury and damaged his
football career. It seeks $50,000 from each defendant.

Team officials said they would have no comment before reviewing
the lawsuit.

The Bears released Brockermeyer before the 2002 season, after he
had started 45 games at left tackle from 1999 to 2001. He is now
earning $665,000 with the Broncos.