Judge Dismisses Former Penn State Defensive Lineman Ellison Jordan’s Lawsuit

A Centre County judge dismissed a medical liability lawsuit Wednesday filed by former Penn State football player Ellison Jordan.

Jordan filed the suit in January 2020 based on a claim of “medical malpractice.” He represented himself and named several defendants, including Penn State head football coach James Franklin, vice president for intercollegiate athletics Sandy Barbour, and Penn State Health, among others.

During his time playing at Penn State from June 2016 to August 2019, Jordan allegedly sustained multiple injuries to his knee and underwent multiple surgeries as a result.

According to the lawsuit, Jordan was injured during practice for the 2017 Fiesta Bowl and subsequently “reinjured” while receiving treatment on January 8, 2018. He underwent multiple surgeries over the course of 2018 and 2019, and his knee became infected in January 2019.

Jordan alleges his reinjury was due to negligence by Penn State’s medical staff. He also stated that Penn State failed to identify other injuries during his recovery.

On Wednesday, Centre County President Judge Pamela Ruest dismissed Jordan’s claims of medical malpractice, violation of standard of care, and professional malpractice. She also stated that Penn State’s medical staff didn’t violate the university’s policies, along with the NCAA or Big Ten.

Along with that dismissal, preliminary objections made by Barbour, Franklin, Penn State, and Charmelle Green were sustained.

Ruest’s order to dismiss the case states Jordan was “removed from the Penn State football team” on August 19, 2019. He was no longer listed on the team’s active roster as early as August 3 and eventually entered the transfer portal in January 2020.

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Will Pegler

Will is a senior majoring in digital and print journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, Peaky Blinders, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]

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