Titans, former DE Dave Ball reach injury settlement

Monday, July 8, 2013 at 3:38pm

Former defensive end Dave Ball will receive a one-time $142,000 payment from the Tennessee Titans in a workers’ compensation filing for a litany of injuries he sustained during his four seasons with the team.

The sides filed a joint petition requesting approval in Davidson County Circuit Court on Monday. That approval is considered a formality.

The sum was determined based on permanent partial disability Ball sustained in several areas. The most serious damage was to the back ($52,640), head and neck ($40,030 each) as well as knee and ankle ($4,650 each).

The Titans also agreed that its team doctors would provide “reasonable and necessary medical treatment directly attributable to the subject back, neck, head, left knee and right ankle injuries” as needed in the future, provided the team pre-approved such treatment.

In all, state records include 29 separate injury filings on Ball during his time with the Titans.

The rundown of injuries:

2008 season
  • Aug. 7 – back
  • Aug. 9 – left shoulder
  • Sept. 18 – back
  • Oct. 7 – right thigh/hamstring
  • Oct. 27 – head
  • Nov. 9 – neck
  • Dec. 10 – left thigh           
2009 season
  • Aug. 3 – head
  • Aug. 24 – neck
  • Sept. 30 – left thigh
  • Dec. 20 – neck           
2010 season
  • June 29 – left thigh
  • Aug. 4 – right thigh
  • Aug. 24 – back
  • Aug. 30 – back
  • Oct. 18 – abdomen
  • Oct. 24 – neck
  • Oct. 31 – neck
  • Nov. 21 – head, right hip, right leg
  • Dec. 5 – head
  • Dec. 16 – neck 
2011 season
  • Sept. 25 – elbow, left shoulder, neck
  • Oct. 2 – neck
  • Nov. 6 – head
  • Dec. 4 – back
  • Dec. 18 – left knee
  • Jan. 1 – right thigh/hamstring 
2012 season
  • July 29 – left leg
  • Aug. 2 – head, nose

Ball also played for the New York Jets and San Diego Chargers in an NFL career that began in 2004. Of the 72 contests he played 51 were with the Titans. He spent last season on Tennessee’s injured reserve list.

According to the filing, it was determined Ball is asymptomatic in regard to concussions and was enrolled in an executive MBA program at George Washington University.