The county agency that operates the Reliant Stadium has been sued by former Houston Texans punter Brett Hartmann over a potentially career-ending knee injury.

The 25-year-old tore his left anterior cruciate ligament and fractured a bone when punting in the fourth quarter of a game against Atlanta on December 4th 2011. His left foot caught in a seam between two squares of artificial turf that make up the playing surface.

Hartmann's attorney filed the lawsuit regarding the unsafe playing surface - filed as negligence - on Thursday in Harris County District Court, naming Reliant Stadium management company SMG and the Harris County Convention and Sports Corporation (HCCSC) as defendants. 

Executive director of the HCCSC, Willie Loston, defended the surface: "We have no doubts that the field system is a safe system.

"I cannot imagine that, between the referees and the coaches on both teams, that anyone would allow a team to take a field they thought was dangerous."

Posted on 16/11/2012