Former New York Giants linebacker Barrett Green has sued the Washington Redskins, former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and tight end Robert Royal for a knee injury he sustained in a game late in the 2004 season.
Now the Redskins are asking the judge to dismiss the lawsuit.
According to Jessica Gresko of the Associated Press, the Redskins filed a response to Green’s lawsuit on Friday. The team said Green’s claims were “utterly baseless” and, even if they had legitimacy, he didn’t pursue the correct avenues through the collective bargaining agreement and the statute of limitations has run its course.
The Redskins say the CBA in place required Green to exhaust all grievance and arbitration processes before filing a lawsuit. Green never pursued such avenues. The team also claims the statute of limitations for the matter is three years from the time of the injury and that has since expired.
Green’s lawsuit alleges that “Redskins coaches directed their players to disregard criminal and civil laws, as well as NFL rules, to intentionally injure opponents.” It also states a belief that Royal may have specifically targeted Green during the game.
Per the AP report, Judge Peter J. Messitte has scheduled a hearing for September 24 in the case. However, court files indicate Messitte could decided the case on documents alone prior to the hearing.