Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City quarterback, joined forces with the Los Angeles Rams wide receivers, Cooper Cup, and the San Francisco 49ers at the end of George Kettle’s court in demanding the NFL implement safer fields.
The use of turf fields has come under scrutiny by NFL players this season. Specifically, the notch film herb, which is used by seven different teams. On November 12 NFL Players Association president JC Tretter has written a lengthy columnIt called on the league and the owners to stop using slash grass, citing how the number of injuries increased during matches.
After the Tretter statement was released, Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp and San Francisco 49ers both sent George Kettle tweets calling for the NFL to implement safer fields. Kupp specifically mentions that all teams play on grass.
Kansas City boss Patrick Mahomes retweeted both messages.
Patrick Mahomes joins Cooper Cobb and George Keitel in calling for safer NFL fields
Earlier this week, Green Bay Packers De’Vondre Campbell took to Twitter to summon the NFL to use their turf fields after teammate Rashan Gary tore his ACL at Ford Field when they played for the Detroit Lions. Campbell advocated for the NFL to use turf fields while describing the turf field as “literally like concrete.”
The Lions are one of seven teams to use slatted turf. Other teams include the Minnesota Vikings, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants, and New York Jets.
Before that, the debate about removing the turf fields escalated after JC Jackson of the Los Angeles Chargers suffered a patellar tendon rupture in week seven.
In his letter posted on November 12, Tretter listed four things he wants the NFL to do. They include:
- Replacing and banning all kinds of cracked membrane grass
- Not allowed to play in stadiums with “obvious visual distortions”
- Players “raise field standards and test the integrity and performance of all field surfaces.”
- Removal of “extra people and dangerous equipment from the sidelines”
Tretter says there is statistical evidence that sectional turf results in more no contact, lower extremities, lost time, and foot and ankle injuries, compared to other playing surfaces, including turf.
It will be interesting to see how the NFL will respond to calls to remove the film’s naughty weed, especially when it’s famous players like Kupp and Kittle who are calling out to them.
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