Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/15/12
Brett Hartmann, a former punter with the Houston Texans, is suing the owners of Houston's Reliant Stadium for negligence regarding an injury he suffered to his non-kicking leg late last season, his lawyer announced Thursday. Hartmann alleges he suffered a career-threatening knee injury last December when his foot was caught in a seam between grass pods, attorney Greg Egdorf said. In March, Hartmann was suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Reliant's field is built with 1,200 interlocking eight-foot square pods of grass. Most NFL stadiums are built on a single sheet of grass.Hartmann, a rookie punter last season, claims he suffered a torn ACL and a fractured lower leg on the play in question. He was cut by the team in August. Egdorf said the defendants are Pennsylvania-based SMG, which provides the stadium grass, and the Harris County Convention and Sports Corporation, which owns and operates the facility. Neither has responded to ...
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