McDuffie's $11 Million Award Called Back

Judge tosses damage award for former Dolphins receiver

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    21 Aug 1999: O.J. McDuffie #81 of the Miami Dolphins carries the ball during the game against the San Diego Chargers at the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Dolphins defeated the Chargers 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Tom Hauck/Allsport

    A South Florida judge has tossed an $11 million damage award and ordered a new trial in a lawsuit over a career-ending toe injury suffered by former Miami Dolphins receiver O.J. McDuffie.

    Miami-Dade Judge Michael Genden voided the verdict on Thursday. Attorneys for Dr. John Uribe had argued that there were fundamental errors in the May trial surrounding use of a medical manual as evidence.

    McDuffie's attorneys had said the manual was properly used.

    Both sides also argued over estimates that McDuffie lost millions in potential earnings because of the 1999 toe injury.

    McDuffie originally was awarded $11.5 million, but that was later reduced to just under $11 million.

    McDuffie played 116 games for the Dolphins from 1993 to 2000. He had 415 receptions for 5,074 yards and 29 touchdowns. He also returned two punts for touchdowns.