HOUSTON – Former Houston Texans linebacker DeMeco Ryans has sued the team over the playing surface at NRG Stadium, alleging that its “dangerous” condition caused him to sustain an injury during a game in 2014.

Ryans’ lawsuit, filed Oct. 14 in the Harris County 133rd District Court, explains that he was playing the Texans as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 2, 2014 when he suffered a torn Achilles tendon.

Joining the Texans, which made the plaintiff a first-round draft pick from the University of Alabama, as respondents in the litigation are the NFL, SMG, the Harris County Convention and Sports Corporation, and StrathAyr Turf System Pty Ltd.

The suit asserts that the surface’s design and construction were problematic. The natural grass is grown outdoors on trays that are brought in and put into place on forklifts, the original petition says.

Per recent court papers, the Eagles placed the 2006 Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and two-time Pro Bowler on injury reserve after the game and ultimately released him on Feb. 24, 2016.

“The Achilles injury at NRG Stadium prematurely ended DeMeco’s noteworthy NFL career,” the complaint says.

“But for the NRG Stadium field, DeMeco would have, in reasonable probability, remained in the league for another five years.”

Ryans is the second player to have worn a Texans uniform to pursue legal action over NRG’s purportedly troublesome field conditions. Former punter Brett Hartmann claims he suffered a career-ending ACL injury because of similar conditions.

Ryans seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

He is represented by attorneys Robert Ammons and April Strahan of The Ammons Law Firm, L.L.P. in Houston

Harris County 133rd District Court Case No. 2016-70179

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