WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Redskins are asking a judge to dismiss a former NFL player's lawsuit that accuses the team and former assistant coach Gregg Williams of running a bounty program that encouraged players to intentionally injure opponents.
Linebacker Barrett Green says he was targeted by the Redskins during a game on Dec. 5, 2004, resulting in a career-ending knee injury. Green, who played for the Detroit Lions and the New York Giants, filed his lawsuit against the team and others earlier this year.
The team said in a response filed Friday in federal court in Maryland that Green's claims are "utterly baseless."
Lawyers for the team wrote that even if the claims were true, Green's lawsuit is pre-empted by an NFL collective bargaining agreement and comes too late.