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Earnest Graham goes down on Wembley Stadium turf

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Earnest Graham runs Reuters

Every year when the NFL plays a game at London’s Wembley Stadium, there are questions about the field conditions. We can now add Buccaneers running back Earnest Graham to the list of those who don’t like the Wembley turf.

In the first quarter of today’s game against the Bears, Graham slipped on the field untouched and came up holding his knee. Graham was helped to the locker room and couldn’t put any weight on his injured knee as he left the field.

The injury is terribly disappointing for Graham and the Bucs, but not terribly surprising: We’ve all known the field surface at Wembley is a problem. As one British media outlet put it in regards to the first NFL game played at Wembley, “The turf cut up so badly underfoot as to make passing fraught with danger.”

Although the Wembley grass has been replaced since then, and it was supposedly in much better shape for today’s game, it still looks today like players are slipping around more than they usually do on turf designed for American football.

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11 Responses to “Earnest Graham goes down on Wembley Stadium turf”
  1. seneca1ss says: Oct 23, 2011 1:55 PM

    keep sending the BUCS to London and they won’t want a team (that’s what you get greedy Glazer Family!)

  2. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Oct 23, 2011 1:56 PM

    The field conditions give a huge advantage to the Bears as they are already used to playing on gravel…

  3. kd727 says: Oct 23, 2011 2:01 PM

    Reason #5,248 on why the NFL should just leave London alone. Are you watching Goodell?

  4. rubbernilly says: Oct 23, 2011 2:10 PM

    did anybody else read that headline and say, “um…”?

  5. La Milicia Negra says: Oct 23, 2011 2:28 PM

    I wonder how long it will take for them to delete that post..

  6. La Milicia Negra says: Oct 23, 2011 2:33 PM

    well it took less than a minute =)

  7. oxycode30 says: Oct 23, 2011 2:33 PM

    Wembley stadium turf – “No comment!”

  8. bucforever says: Oct 23, 2011 2:44 PM

    Sorry , did I miss something?

  9. tkraw33 says: Oct 23, 2011 2:54 PM

    Does Goodell control the content on this site too? Is he the Emperor from Star Wars? Does he control everything that not only the players do, but the fans as well? Fascist.

  10. toledoohoh says: Oct 23, 2011 2:56 PM

    Yeah I’ve never seen a player go down on good old American soil. It just wouldn’t happen.

    You’re a joke, MDS.

  11. wangchungish312 says: Oct 23, 2011 5:22 PM

    It’s a good thing they’re putting such an emphasis on player safety these days.

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