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NFLPA files grievance, wants Patriots doctor out

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A New England Patriots helmet sits on the sideline next to a football during the first half of a preseason NFL football game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)


Former Chargers team doctor David Chao stepped down this summer, after the NFLPA expressed concerns about the care he was providing players.

And now, it appears the union has targeted another physician.

According to Mike Reiss of, the NFLPA has filed a grievance against the Patriots, asking team doctor Thomas Gill to step down.

The grievance emerged during the union’s representation of defensive lineman Jonathan Fanene, after the Patriots tried to recoup part or all of Fanene’s $3.85 million signing bonus, after they released him last August with a “failure to disclose physical condition” designation.

While preparing for the hearing that concluded today (which is awaiting an arbitrator’s ruling), the union found an email correspondence between Gill and Patriots executives.

The union did not comment on the report, citing the confidentiality of the grievance process.