Former NFL star Barrett Green is suing the Washington Redskins and ex-assistant coach Gregg Williams, for the part they played in the career-ending injury he suffered in December 2004.
The 35-year-old former linebacker - who played for the Detroit Lions and the New York Giants between 2000 and 2005 - claims that a bounty programme where Redskins coaches encouraged players to intentionally injure their opponents is responsible for ending his career.
Green was forced to undergo surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He recovered to play one more game for the Giants in 2005, but was cut at the end of that season, just one year into his $13million five-year contract.
An unsuccessful trial with the Houston Texans followed in 2006, before Green was forced to retire, and accept that his NFL career had been cruelly taken away.
The lawsuit filed by Green in May claims the injury cost him approximately $10million in lost wages from his Giants contract, as well as millions of dollars in future salary and benefits.
In addition to Williams - who was considered the mastermind behind the bounty scandal - the lawsuit also names former Redskins player Robert Royal, the tight end who hit Green on that fateful day in 2004.
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