The Washington Redskins asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by former NFL linebacker Barrett Green, which alleged that the team violated criminal and civil laws by intentionally injuring him.
Former Redskins defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and tight end Robert Royal were also named as defendants.
Green was injured in 2004 as a member of the New York Giants during a game against the Redskins. Williams, a central figure in the New Orleans Saints Bounty-gate scandal, was defensive coordinator of the Redskins in '04.
Green claims in the lawsuit that "Redskins coaches directed their players to disregard criminal and civil laws, as well as NFL rules, to intentionally injure opponents" and Royal "intentionally lowered his helmet and dove into" Green's knees "at full speed" and ended his career.
The Redskins responded by asking a judge to dismiss the lawsuit, claiming that it is "utterly baseless."
The team's attorneys also wrote that the lawsuit was filed after the statute of limitations for Green's claims had expired and he failed to follow several procedures as required by the NFL's collective bargaining agreement.
A hearing is scheduled for Sept. 24.