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DeMeco Ryans sues for Achilles tendon tear at NRG Stadium

HOUSTON, TX- NOVEMBER 02: DeMeco Ryans #59 of the Philadelphia Eagles leaves the game after getting injured against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second half in a NFL game on November 2, 2014 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Eagles won 31 to 21. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images) Getty Images

Last year, the Texans abruptly ditched their grass-based field system after only one home game. The move came one year too late for DeMeco Ryans.

The former Texans linebacker has sued the team and the league for an Achilles tendon injury suffered at NRG Stadium on November 2, 2014. Ryans at the time was playing for the Eagles in a game against the Texans.

Filed Friday, the lawsuit names the Texans, the NFL, and the Harris County Convention Sports Corp., and stadium-management company SMG as the defendants.

The Texans have not yet responded to a request for comment; the NFL had no comment. The team and the league likely will argue that Ryans can pursue relief not in court but through the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

In 2012, former Texans punter Brett Hartmann sued the Harris County Convention Sports Corp. and SMG for a career-ending ACL injury suffered on the grass field. Hartmann did not sue the team or the league.

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28 Responses to “DeMeco Ryans sues for Achilles tendon tear at NRG Stadium”
  1. thefootballblogger23 says: Oct 15, 2016 8:33 PM

    Good luck with that.

  2. tylawspick6 says: Oct 15, 2016 8:35 PM

    bout time

    that field has been non-regulation and unsafe for years

    they pull the sod out by hand to let the sun get, and they don’t give it enough time to resettle

    pittsburgh also has a terrible playing surface

  3. tedmurph says: Oct 15, 2016 8:39 PM

    Welker blew out his knee in 2010 there too, in a game the Pats didn’t really need, and the team said the field was terrible. Not sure it was the same surface though.

  4. exinsidetrader says: Oct 15, 2016 8:42 PM

    I hope he wins and the money comes out of the Commissioner’s salary (I don’t say his name as it is more offensive to me than the name “Redskins”)

    The NFL talks about player safety, but treats the players like commodities or cattle. Careers are short enough without league indifference to safety making things worse.

  5. mykelane says: Oct 15, 2016 8:55 PM

    But he didn’t sue when he tore it back in 2010 as a member of the Texans?

  6. hamlet423 says: Oct 15, 2016 9:15 PM

    That has been a terrible field for years. I hope it sets a precedent.

    For all the league PR about player safety, there are some truly awful fields around the league. Levi stadium in Santa Clara for the 49ers (weird since its new, but still awful) 3 rivers in pittsburgh has been bad for years, Redskins and Houston.

    If anyone should be upset it should be the texans fans. Clownley comes out and has a serious knee injury his rookie year..and hasn’t been same since. Bust, or just a cheap owner that had a terrible surface for a #1 pick to play on.

  7. topcide says: Oct 15, 2016 10:38 PM

    hamlet423 says:
    Oct 15, 2016 9:15 PM
    That has been a terrible field for years. I hope it sets a precedent.

    For all the league PR about player safety, there are some truly awful fields around the league. Levi stadium in Santa Clara for the 49ers (weird since its new, but still awful) 3 rivers in pittsburgh has been bad for years, Redskins and Houston.

    If anyone should be upset it should be the texans fans. Clownley comes out and has a serious knee injury his rookie year..and hasn’t been same since. Bust, or just a cheap owner that had a terrible surface for a #1 pick to play on.

    ————–

    The Pirates play in the NFL now?

  8. texaned80 says: Oct 15, 2016 10:40 PM

    Just to set a couple things straight. No the sod was not ripped out by hand and then put back without being allowed to resettle. That’s just asinine. The sod was grown in trays that were taking outside to grow the returned. It’s was actually a very nice field the first couple of years but over time the trays lost seam integrity. Leading to the whole system being scratched. No Bob McNair is NOT a cheap owner by any means. The guy put up Millions of dollars of his own money to secure a football franchise in Houston. The new surface is very low maintenance so its actually a cheaper and for now safer alternative to old grass tray system. Best of luck to D. Ryans. He was a helluva player and very well liked here in Houston.

  9. pwellz says: Oct 15, 2016 11:07 PM

    The league and the NFLPA outta agree on one surface and have the entire league go with it. Perhaps the players agree not to sue under this agreement that would ideally give them the best playing surface possible?

  10. craigruby20 says: Oct 15, 2016 11:08 PM

    I remember that game. He went down like he was shot. His Achilles just blew. No divot. He didn’t trip over a lump. Like most Achilles ruptures that occur on all surfaces, the Achilles just gave. Sad for him but not the surface’s fault.

  11. shogunassasin30 says: Oct 15, 2016 11:42 PM

    I know, heaven forbid football is played on REAL grass anymore..

    And for whatever it’s worth, field turf is so incredibly ugly. Notre Dame is a perfect example, they used to play on a beautiful grass field, uniforms would get nice and dirty- and now it looks like some plastic/synthetic, abomination

  12. getakluwe says: Oct 16, 2016 1:10 AM

    Make it big and get your due, DeMeco.

    The NFL is the definition of “blind eye” when it comes to malfeasance and shenanigans.

    Why else would Belicheat still be in the league and Blandino still be running officials?

    Oh yeah, because of disposing of the tapes so they’d never be seen again and because Blandino is a “puppet-stooge” who is only missing the creepy red nose and the big shoes to not physically show himself as a clown when in public.

  13. 302EaglesFan says: Oct 16, 2016 2:06 AM

    He was a good player for both the Texans and the Eagles. I hope he gets what he deserves. I agree with above regarding the league’s indifference to safety. I know one thing- I hope they settle this thing and move on. The Texans and Houston are the classier pro football team in the state bar none.

  14. trevor123698 says: Oct 16, 2016 3:58 AM

    Good luck with that.

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    If he had pre paid legal it wouldn’t be that much of a worry

  15. smitty113 says: Oct 16, 2016 6:54 AM

    In other news Michael Phelps is suing the olympics for the water in the pool for being wet.

  16. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Oct 16, 2016 7:09 AM

    So who do the players who tore Achilles OM other fields sue? Can they now sue another player for a dirty or late hit that causes a season or career ending injury?

    The field there was problematic from day one. Not sure why SMG was sued. They didn’t spec the field. The city is responsible for that. SMG is a private management company that operates the facility but the field was in the works before they were contracted.

  17. fiddlinred says: Oct 16, 2016 8:40 AM

    Good for him.

  18. bigdawgdaddy says: Oct 16, 2016 8:48 AM

    Play a violent contact sport…. get hurt playing said sport….sue whoever you feel is responsible…go sit down, clown

  19. marmac2768 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:01 AM

    While I don’t know the particulars to this case, it seems that some players want to find some reason for their injury besides their own workout regimen and conditioning. Some of these fields have been used for years with no indication of a greater risk to players than some other fields. Most NFL players will tell you that a natural field surface is much better than anything artificial. I feel sorry for Ryans, but sometimes injuries just happen. It’s the nature of the game. Suing anytime something happens to change a person’s life is also the nature of people who live in a litigious society.

  20. bslice says: Oct 16, 2016 9:18 AM

    Arian Foster also tried to sue, but he torn his hamstring walking to the courthouse to file the lawsuit

  21. kemp13 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:39 AM

    topcide says:
    Oct 15, 2016 10:38 PM
    hamlet423 says:
    Oct 15, 2016 9:15 PM
    That has been a terrible field for years. I hope it sets a precedent.

    For all the league PR about player safety, there are some truly awful fields around the league. Levi stadium in Santa Clara for the 49ers (weird since its new, but still awful) 3 rivers in pittsburgh has been bad for years, Redskins and Houston.

    If anyone should be upset it should be the texans fans. Clownley comes out and has a serious knee injury his rookie year..and hasn’t been same since. Bust, or just a cheap owner that had a terrible surface for a #1 pick to play on.

    ————–

    The Pirates play in the NFL now?

    No, nor do they play in 3 Rivers, which was brought down years ago. The Steelers play at Heinz Field, and the Pirates play at PNC Park.

  22. vikinganswer says: Oct 16, 2016 9:50 AM

    Yeah because grass is always worse than fake crap. BAN ALL DOMELESS fields from TURF.

  23. jag1959 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:03 AM

    vikinganswer says:
    Oct 16, 2016 9:50 AM
    Yeah because grass is always worse than fake crap. BAN ALL DOMELESS fields from TURF.
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    How about we go one better and ban all domes? Real football is played outdoors.

  24. ncphinsfan says: Oct 16, 2016 11:19 AM

    If this Case comes to fruition… I would like to volunteer to be Arian Foster’s Attorney for at least one of the 18 lawsuits he must be conjuring up.

  25. bleedgreenphilly says: Oct 16, 2016 11:39 AM

    It’s not mentioned in this article, but the first time Demeco tore his ACL, while he was with the Texans, was not only in the same stadium, but was in the exact same part of the field. Both times he attributed it to the field at the time, so it’s not a new narrative from him. It may be hard to prove but it’s at least worth exploring.

  26. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 16, 2016 11:56 AM

    “Not sure why SMG was sued. They didn’t spec the field. The city is responsible for that. SMG is a private management company that operates the facility ”

    You answered your own question. The player’s attorney will no doubt argue they were aware the surface was terrible and did nothing to remedy it.

    Its the broken American legal system. Sue anyone even vaguely connected to something because its often easier and less expensive to pay a settlement than fight false charges in court.

  27. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Oct 16, 2016 1:02 PM

    I don’t know enough about this case to have a specific opinion, but I do work with many NFL teams in my business and given how much money they take in you would be stunned how cheap they are when it comes to facilities and the maintenance/repair thereof.

    Teams that pay hundreds of millions of dollars for players think nothing of having them workout/practice/play on or in substandard or worn out equipment surfaces and facilities to save money.

    Without naming the team, I witnessed a team quibble for months over a $15,000 repair to a problem with their practice facility that was causing a dangerous situation for their players.

    I have no idea whether this type of short-sightedness led to the Texans waiting so long to replace this turf, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

  28. theuglitruth says: Oct 17, 2016 1:49 PM

    I find it comical that the league has strict rules in place for what players wear, but very little rules on the condition of the fields.

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