A player will receive the Injury Protection Benefit in accordance with Section 3 if the player’s contract was terminated by his Club and he satisfies all of the criteria below;
The player must have been physically unable, because of a severe football injury in an NFL game or practice, to participate in all or part of his Club’s last game of the season of injury, as certified by the Club physician following a physical examination after the last game; or the player must have undergone Club-authorized surgery in the offseason following the season of injury; and
The player must have undergone whatever reasonable and customary rehabilitation treatment the Club required of him during the off-season following the season of injury. The Club shall be responsible for the costs of such reasonable and customary rehabilitation treatment, regardless of whether the player remains employed by the Club during that off-season; and
A player under contract must have failed a physical examination given by his Club for the purpose of determining his eligibility for the Injury Protection Benefit on or before August 1 of the season following the season of injury. A player whose contract has been terminated prior to being given the physical examination contemplated by this Subsection may only be given one such physical exam on or before August 1 of the applicable season. This physical examination referenced in this Subsection must be given by either the Club physician or a physician designated by the Club so long as the fact that the examination is being given for the purpose of determining the player’s eligibility for the Injury Protection benefit is clearly communicated in writing to the player at the time of the physical exam. The Club shall be responsible for any travel and lodging costs associated with such exam. The physical examination given for qualification for the Injury Protection Benefit need only be that necessary and appropriate to evaluate the injury or injuries for which the benefit is sought. For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this Section 2(c) shall alter the arbitration precedent concerning the “preseason physical” exam required to qualify for Injury Protection. A Club cannot avoid Injury Protection liability by failing or refusing to perform the exam in a timely manner, provided that the player cooperates in the administration of the physical examination.
If the player’s NFL Player Contract for the season of injury expires and the player subsequently signs a contract with the prior Club for the season following the season of injury, the player shall be eligible for the Injury Protection Benefit applicable to that season if all other requirements are satisfied. Conversely, if the same player signs such a contract with a new Club, the player shall not be eligible for the Injury Protection Benefit under that contract.