DeMeco Ryans Sues Houston Texans for Turf Conditions

by Terry Bryant

Houston Texans Turf Lawsuit

When most people think about an employee bringing a lawsuit arising out of the course and scope of employment, disputes about wages, overtime, and discrimination come to mind. Recently, DeMeco Ryans sued the Houston Texans over the condition of the turf at NRG Stadium.

NFL linebacker DeMeco Ryans tore his Achilles tendon while playing for the Philadelphia Eagles against the Houston Texans on November 2, 2014. The Eagles placed him on injury reserve. He was released on February 24, 2016, and is currently a free agent.

Ryans had a promising NFL career that actually started as the Texans’ first pick of the second round of the 2006 NFL draft. He went on to be named the 2006 Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and selected to two Pro Bowls.

The lawsuit filed in Harris County alleges that the turf at NRG Stadium “prematurely ended DeMeco’s noteworthy NFL career.” DeMeco is not the first to bring a lawsuit over the field conditions at NRG Stadium. In 2012, former Houston Texans punter Brett Hartmann also brought legal action after a career-ending ACL injury.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury through no fault of your own, contact a board certified personal injury attorney for a consultation.