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Field turf not an option for FedEx Field next season

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The playing surface at FedEx Field drew criticism late last season for its poor quality toward the end of the regular season and for the Washington Redskins playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons both suffered ACL tears during their Wild Card playoff game and Seattle kicker Steven Hauschka suffered a strained calf that landed him on injured reserve following the game. All three injuries were potentially related to the conditions of the playing surface that was little more than painted sand in places.

Despite the conditions, Redskins general manager Bruce Allen says field turf is not an option for FedEx Field next season. Per Mike Jones of the Washington Post, Allen did acknowledge that the Redskins missed a chance to re-sod the field prior to their Week 10 bye and added they wouldn’t make that error again.

The league is already looking into raising the quality of the playing fields across the league. While the Redskins will be sticking with natural grass next season, if they can’t ensure that field will be in a decent condition for the entirety of their schedule they may have no choice but to invest in field turf in the future.

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48 Responses to “Field turf not an option for FedEx Field next season”
  1. blackngold4life says: Feb 14, 2013 9:56 PM

    CHEAP! LOL

  2. mantastic54 says: Feb 14, 2013 10:00 PM

    There is no reason they can’t put in field turf if they want, New England did it during their bye week in 2006. The problem is they don’t maintain the field during the season so it doesn’t matter what type of surface is on the field

  3. kane337 says: Feb 14, 2013 10:04 PM

    The Washington Pigskins should have turf field.

  4. fumblenuts says: Feb 14, 2013 10:08 PM

    Look for more injuries to pile up with that crappy field…….mark it.

  5. bigbluenationdb says: Feb 14, 2013 10:14 PM

    Idiots. Their franchise QB is coming off a second ACL and they would prefer to play on a sanbox. You can’t grow grass after October in DC. Plus their field gets used for several college and I believe high school football championship games. If colleges can afford field turf I would think ole Danny could. I think Danny would rather have the City build him a new stadium over by the Nationals.

  6. woodreaux70119 says: Feb 14, 2013 10:20 PM

    …the term “field turf” is offensive to the grass community…

  7. h8dansnyder says: Feb 14, 2013 10:25 PM

    Given that my season tickets went up 40% without notice or explanation, I don’t see why they can’t afford to put turf in right now.

  8. nyjets1017 says: Feb 14, 2013 10:29 PM

    What ever happen to the good ol days of football where jerseys got dirty, players slipped and tripped on the mud and had fun out there? Corporate NFL has to protect its investments.

  9. skinswillsurprise says: Feb 14, 2013 10:30 PM

    I think as long as they resode the field it should be fine. That field in the playoff game was bad. They will get it right. HTTR!!

  10. mazblast says: Feb 14, 2013 10:41 PM

    This is the sort of thing a real commissioner takes charge of and makes a team do the right thing.

    Unfortunately, all the NFL has is a fine-happy egomaniac who’s more concerned with the height of players’ socks and making rulings to help the owners who do the best job of pretending to be his friend.

  11. marvsleezy says: Feb 14, 2013 10:52 PM

    They let the field go on purpose because they thought it was to their advantage. Shannahans idea I’m sure

  12. wethog66 says: Feb 14, 2013 11:03 PM

    And who says field turf is the answer? The University of MD installed field turf in time for last season and they lost 4 QB’s to foot and knee injuries last season. All on field turf.

    And there is also a reason why big time soccer teams from Europe won’t play on field turf when they come to the US for “friendly’s”. It sucks.

  13. Stiller43 says: Feb 14, 2013 11:22 PM

    Did they actually give a reason why not? Or just say its not an option? Because the pats did it (without league consent) in less than two weeks

  14. gadgetdawg says: Feb 14, 2013 11:29 PM

    Good. Now all we need is two things from the NFL. 1) An NFL inspector to check each field before each game and
    2) a rule forcing all teams to install real grass so the game can be played the way it was meant to be. . .

    Ok maybe the second isn’t strictly a safety issue :)

  15. jtylert says: Feb 14, 2013 11:58 PM

    if that field is even halfway decent, clemons is healthy and the seahawks win the superbowl.

  16. commonsensedude says: Feb 14, 2013 11:58 PM

    FedEx Field should now be formally known as the ACL Arena.

  17. phaktor333 says: Feb 15, 2013 12:00 AM

    Re-sodding is not an answer for the field as the weather changes. Why? The roots cannot take hold enough within a week or two to take the pounding combined with the inclement weather that is in the region during that time. I used to watch the Patriots do that every year and the result is long shades of new grass combined with old brown grass laid down in tracks. Any precipitation and the tracks will slide and give. I am not saying field turf is the only option, but right now, for the long term investments on the field (RGIII), maybe the team should consider it or a turf/grass blend. I am not a Ravens fan per se, but I enjoy watching games played in that stadium because the field is always in immaculate condition.

  18. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Feb 15, 2013 12:02 AM

    The field had nothing to do with the injuries. It was dirt not holes all over the place. People whine way to much.

  19. ace061281 says: Feb 15, 2013 12:23 AM

    Have you ever played on field turf?? it’s way better than astro turf. In reality it’s probably better than grass

  20. dlr4skins says: Feb 15, 2013 12:26 AM

    If these fields are so dangerous, why have they been allowed to play on baseball fields for decades?

    Tell me that dirt alone holds good footing at 400 lbs?

  21. mackcarrington says: Feb 15, 2013 12:39 AM

    Open air stadiums should have REAL grass.

  22. ndnut says: Feb 15, 2013 1:00 AM

    No no no no. Soccer isn’t played on American turf because it has unnatural rolls and bounces fir a round ball on the ground. There is approved turf that most teams will play on, though grass is ideal. Round ball on ground is not a football problem.

  23. drummer2177 says: Feb 15, 2013 1:32 AM

    What really is happeneing is they use the field for soccer, college ball and rugby in between games. Lets not forget stupid concerts like Kenny Chesney. Any way to make a buck.

    I know for a fact that Mr. Snyder was super pissed about the RG3 injury. I will be the field will not be like that again.

    It’s 2013, dont you think we can safely lay down some artifical turf that is well designed?

  24. benihanagt says: Feb 15, 2013 2:15 AM

    Can’t help to think what impact the top sack leader of the Seahawks would have had, had he been in the ATL game. Oh well. Keep putting off field turf, only a matter of time. Don’t understand that with RGIII why you at least in the near future you wouldn’t want the fast track.

  25. jebdamone says: Feb 15, 2013 3:22 AM

    i don’t like field turf at all. i know very little about sod, but my understanding is it is relatively inexpensive. with nfl football being a nearly 10billion dollar industry, what is stopping a team from changing their sod every couple weeks?

  26. patriottony says: Feb 15, 2013 4:31 AM

    HELL,,even my son’s High school has Filed turf on both the baseball AND football fields…….

  27. helloanybodyhome says: Feb 15, 2013 6:50 AM

    Per Mike Jones of the Washington Post, Allen did acknowledge that the Redskins missed a chance to re-sod the field prior to their Week 10 bye
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    Missed a chance? More likely they just decided not to spend the $$…painting dirt is much cheaper

  28. cudahatestheravens says: Feb 15, 2013 7:03 AM

    Lil’ Danny belt buckle doesn’t want to spend the money to maintain the field. The Steelers had similar problems and they now resod late in the season and have actually resodded twice in Playoff years. As for Price hikes – you had to see that coming as soon as the Washington “should be renamed” won games down the stretch. Danny-boy sees more dollars in RGIII-picks and needs to take advantage of it before his next career ending knee injury on his crappy field.

  29. hehateme2 says: Feb 15, 2013 7:28 AM

    FAIL!!

  30. awdlmd says: Feb 15, 2013 8:17 AM

    Even the Bengals have field turf, sheesh. No excuse for the NFL not to require it in every stadium.

  31. blackqbwhiterb says: Feb 15, 2013 8:25 AM

    Real grass is the only way to play ball!!! However, it is embarrassing that it wasn’t re-sodded before the end of the season… I’d explain it like this- Who in their right mind expected a playoff game to be held there????

  32. scoonie97 says: Feb 15, 2013 8:49 AM

    To be fair, the field at fed ex isn’t used to having games played on it in January.

  33. itsfootballbaby says: Feb 15, 2013 8:57 AM

    With the technology that we have today field conditions should never determine the outcome of a game or contribute to an injury. Any team that refuses to install field turf should be sued by the NFLPA for endangering players careers.

  34. musicman495 says: Feb 15, 2013 9:02 AM

    There is no evidence that field turf is safer than a well maintained grass field. (The key here is, “well maintained.”) And field turf is certainly not more expensive over time, so this has nothing to do with money – at least not in that sense.

    The Redskins back to the days of RFK Stadium have always thought that a worn grass field was a home field advantage at playoff time because so few visiting teams play on it, so it also has nothing to do with the Shanahans. (RFK was part sand throughout many playoff runs.)

    That said, if Snyder is going to try to make every last buck by renting the place out to every Tom, Dick and Harry High School, the team has got to resod at some point during the season to prevent unsafe conditions.

  35. mattyk72 says: Feb 15, 2013 9:15 AM

    Field turf isn’t a perfect surface either and plenty of players say it’s harder on the knees. Maybe not a great idea when you have a QB coming off major surgery?

  36. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Feb 15, 2013 9:16 AM

    bigbluenationdb says:
    Feb 14, 2013 10:14 PM
    Idiots. Their franchise QB is coming off a second ACL and they would prefer to play on a sanbox. You can’t grow grass after October in DC. Plus their field gets used for several college and I believe high school football championship games. If colleges can afford field turf I would think ole Danny could. I think Danny would rather have the City build him a new stadium over by the Nationals.

    ———————————————

    High School championships are played at M & T Bank Stadium actually

  37. oneandonlyramsfaninpa says: Feb 15, 2013 10:02 AM

    Rodger Goodell will not demand owners to spend money, because he works for them. that is the worst conflict of interest when it comes to creating regulations in the NFL. that’s why players have such strict rules and the owners don’t. would you demand your boss to do something he doesn’t want to do when he has power over you?

  38. skinsaneasylum says: Feb 15, 2013 11:19 AM

    Clemmons tore his ACL. RG3 tore his LCL. Please stick to reporting the facts.

    RG3 did not tear his ACL in 2012. He did have it re-reconstructed once Dr. Andrews was performing the surgery on the LCL. Andrews decided to repair an old repair job from 2009 that a lesser Doctor performed. It was a cleanup job, one that athletes can recover from more quickly b/c there was not a full tear in the ACL or trauma to that tendon. It was a surgical procedure to strengthen it, not to repair a tear.

    Again, lets stick with the facts please.

  39. defscottyb says: Feb 15, 2013 11:58 AM

    RG3 hurt his knee on a scramble when he got hit in the knee by a Raven’s player, not because of the turf. Agreed the Redskins should improve their grass but keep natural grass, that is real outdoor football the way it should be. Btw, I am offended by this idea… it is blatant discrimination against natural grass. Hail!

  40. defscottyb says: Feb 15, 2013 12:02 PM

    In other news… natural grass fields create jobs for people (natural turf groundskeepers). Good for the economy. They just need to do a better job going forward.

  41. theclaim says: Feb 15, 2013 1:59 PM

    Football has ALWAYS been intended to be played on GRASS. You can’t grow grass in a dome hence turf was introduced. Field turf is a better option than rolled carpet.. But GRASS is always best. Ever see a good mud bowl? Injuries occur at a 22% higher rate on field turf. Fact… As a football traditionalist I hope the Skins STAY with grass for good. Ever hear of grass toe? Nope, but a myriad of players careers have ended due to turf toe. Hmmmm. Stick with grass and RE SOD in your bye week. HAIL!

  42. theclaim says: Feb 15, 2013 2:07 PM

    itsfootballbaby says:
    Feb 15, 2013 8:57 AM
    With the technology that we have today field conditions should never determine the outcome of a game or contribute to an injury. Any team that refuses to install field turf should be sued by the NFLPA for endangering players careers.

    Most HS and College programs play on GRASS, it’s where they develop into great players. Some play on turf but FEW. As stated above 22% higher occurrence of leg(knee ankle Achilles) injuries on turf. Who should sue who? Technology has nothing to do with this debate. Stay with the grass and the name

  43. allidoiswin55 says: Feb 15, 2013 10:12 PM

    Sort stupid in theory but the skins won’t even be. 500 next season they have a crappy secondary barely any cap space a hurt QB who is a stud and no good Draft picks??? Tell me again how they can improve?

    I don’t care either but seriously even with RG3 coming back maybe mid season or an little sooner he will have to pass with timing. Hes only shown he can be accurate but doesn’t read coverage and teams couldn’t stop the pistol if they load the box he hasn’t proven the ability to pass under those conditions. Hate me all you want you know it’s the truth.

    NFC had a down year you can get expect to win with a back up QB regularly in that division sorry won’t happen.

    Fix your turf and save your QB for 2014 maybe then you can be an legitimate SB team rush him back and he becomes a wasted talent! And you would have mortgaged the future just to give your hopes up.

  44. defscottyb says: Feb 16, 2013 1:46 PM

    allidoiswin55: Yes, you sir are a hater… The Redskins have nothing BUT upside. RG3 plans on being ready for the opener. Plus, the Skins made it to playoffs with virtually no pass rush and will be gettting back their top 2 pass rushers off injury: Orakpo and Carriker. Plus ohter key injured players back like Fred Davis, Helu, Tanard Jackson and others in the secondary. This just the beginning of major success for Washington.

  45. defscottyb says: Feb 16, 2013 1:48 PM

    other, not ohter. Skins fans have so much to be excited about it’s ridiculous.

  46. dieselpowaa says: Feb 17, 2013 12:26 PM

    Hopefully Redskins football will always be played on real grass and an open stadium. That’s how football is supposed to be played, not in some warm and cozy dome with artificial grass.

  47. redskinsfanforlife says: Feb 17, 2013 6:11 PM

    I have been on fedex field many times. early in the season it is in absolute great condition. the field in the playoff game was sub par, but so was Denvers field and no one is whining about that. football was played on real grass for years before the introduction of “Astro-turf” and probably had sloppy conditions at times I’m sure in the history of the NFL there have been injuries that can be attributed the field conditions–and on all kinds of field turf.
    p.s. RGIII’s injury occured due to hit in the Ravens game when his leg was in the air. field conditons did not play a factor in it

  48. redskinsfanforlife says: Feb 17, 2013 6:34 PM

    And as for the entry by h8dansnyder regarding his tickets going up 40% without warning or notice–are you dumb enough to think that these tickets would never go up in price. they havent had an increase in 7 season and are still one of the lowest priced tickets in the NFL. this is all explained in the season ticket invoice that you recieved and should have read (i.e. your warning and notice)
    if you think the prices are high, drop your tickets so one of the 120,000 people on the waiting list can get them, go up the road to Baltimore and pay considerably more per ticket and and also be forced to purchase a PSL for which you get absolutly nothing

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