Report: Former NFL player Barrett Green sues Gregg Williams

Gregg Williams (left) talks with Joe Gibbs during a 2006 Redskins game. (USATSI)
It's been more than a year since NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended defensive coordinator Gregg Williams for his role in the Saints bounty scandal, and five months since Williams was reinstated -- and promptly hired by the Titans.

And on Monday, we saw the first lawsuit related to the bounty scandal: According to Tulane law professor Gabe Feldman, former NFL linebacker Barrett Green is suing Williams -- then the Redskins' defensive coordinator -- and former Redskins tight end Robert Royal for a knee injury Green suffered during a 2004 game between the Giants and Redskins.

According to the complaint (via Feldman), "Redskins coaches directed their players to disregard criminal and civil laws, as well as NFL rules, to intentionally injure opponents."

Specifically, the lawsuit claims that Royal “intentionally lowered his helmet and dove into” Green’s knees “at full speed.” Green claims that Williams' pay-for-performance program was the impetus for Royal's low hit that ultimately ended Green's career. Green called the hit an “unusual, outrageous and an obvious cheap shot.”

Royal was lined up at tight end on the play but, according to the suit, had played some defense and had been coached by Williams.

There has been no proof that Williams had a bounty program anywhere other than New Orleans, but in September 2011, former Colts coach Tony Dungy traced a Peyton Manning neck injury to a 2006 game. The opponent? The Redskins. And the defensive coordinator? Gregg Williams.

Coincidence isn't proof, of course. More via Feldman:

According to CBSDC, both the Redskins and Green's attorney declined to comment on the suit.


Follow Ryan Wilson on Google+

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

Show Comments Hide Comments
CBS Sports Store
NFL Nike Gear
Our Latest Stories