Almost one year ago to the day, retired New York Giants linebacker Barrett Green filed a lawsuit against current St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and former Washington Redskins tight end Robert Royal for a knee injury he suffered back in 2004. The suit states that Green suffered said injury as a result of the Washington Redskins' alleged bounty program, which was uncovered during the investigation into Williams' involvement in the New Orleans Saints' BountyGate scandal.
However, a Federal Judge in Maryland dismissed a large portion of that lawsuit earlier this week, including the claims of negligence and malice. But not all was lost for Green, as the Judge refused to dismiss others portions of the suit, including the claims of battery and civil conspiracy.
Prior to that ruling, both the Redskins and Royal sought to have the entire case dismissed, arguing that it should be barred by the statute of limitations and by the labor agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA. But U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte ruled that the statute of limitations does not apply in this case because Green did not become aware of the bounty program until 2012 and that the terms of a bounty program are not covered nor allowed under the NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
During the December 4th game between the Giants and Redskins in 2004, Green suffered a torn ACL on an illegal block by Royal. And although he always felt like he was specifically targeted, it wasn't until former Redskins players admitted to the bounty program that Green realized he was, in fact, the victim of it.
Williams was suspended for the entire 2012 season when he was the then-defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints, along with head coach Sean Payton and many other Saints defensive players, who took "bonuses" in exchange for injuring players during games.
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