Maryland's highest court has ruled that longtime-NFL punter Tom Tupa is eligible for workers compensation for an injury he suffered while warming up for a preseason game in 2005 at FedEx Field.

The Maryland Court of Appeals said Wednesday that ample evidence showed that Tupa suffered a compensable accidental injury during the course of his employment with the Washington Redskins.

The court considered whether injuries while playing and practicing professional football are "accidental injuries" and compensable under the Maryland Workers' Compensation Act. It also considered whether the claim should have been brought in Maryland or Virginia.

The 46-year-old Tupa played 18 seasons in the NFL for seven teams from 1988 to 2005. He played no games for the Redskins after the 2005 injury.