Chris Maragos, a former star at Wisconsin who went on to be a captain with the Philadelphia Eagles, has received a substantial settlement in a medical negligence case over his 2017 career-ending knee injury.

Maragos sued his doctors, and the outcome of a civil jury trial after nearly 2 weeks of testimony was that Maragos was awarded $43.5 million for the premature and unnecessary end to his NFL career. The conclusion was that there was improper care of his right knee injury by orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Bradley and rehabilitation institute Rothman Orthopaedics, per Ed Kracz of Eagles Today.

Maragos was injured during a punt return in an October 2017 game against the Carolina Panthers. An MRI the next day showed a torn posterior cruciate ligament, or PCL. The imaging also showed other injuries to structures in his knee.

The lawsuit, filed in 2019, alleged that the special-teamer’s doctor neglected to address the injured meniscus when he operated on the torn PCL — purportedly prematurely ending Maragos’ career, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.