HOUSTON – Former Houston Texans linebacker Demeco Ryans’s
lawsuit over allegedly poor field conditions at NRG Stadium recently found its
way to federal court.
Recent Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas
records show that the litigation targeting the Texans, the NFL, the Harris
County Convention and Sports Corporation, and StrathAyr Turf System Pty Ltd. was
transferred from the Harris County 133rd District Court early last month.
Ryans’s lawsuit, which was filed on Oct. 14, 2016, 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.
Per the complaint, 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.
Ryans asserts the injury in question ended his career.
StrathAyr was reportedly the first among the defendants to
formally demand a dismissal of the suit. In documents filed on Dec. 9, 2016,
the Australian company argues that the plaintiff failed to serve it in
accordance with the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial
Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters.
Meanwhile, Ryans is seeking a remand back to state district
Ryans is the second player to have worn a Texans uniform to sue the team
over NRG’s purportedly troublesome field conditions. Former punter Brett Hartmann claims he suffered a career-ending ACL injury because of similar conditions.
Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No.
Harris County 133rd District Court Case No. 2016-70179