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Report: NFLPA will have its own field inspector in 2013

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With an eye on ensuring field conditions are up to player standards, the NFL Players Association has tabbed its own field inspector for the 2013 season, Mike Garofolo of Fox Sports reported Sunday.

According to Garofolo, the NFL requires all fields to be officially inspected in advance of the game.

“Given some of the issues that we witness with respect to unsafe field conditions last year, an NFLPA field inspector will attend and observe NFL-conducted field-testing sessions to ensure the playing surface is as safe as possible,” NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said in an email to players Saturday, according to Garofolo.

The NFLPA’s focus could well end up on surfaces whose conditions deteriorate over the course of the season for various reasons. The natural grass surface at FedEx Field in Maryland came under great scrutiny late last season after Robert Griffin III’s knee injury.

On Thursday, the Washington Post reported the NFL believes the FedEx Field is up to standards entering 2013.

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4 Responses to “Report: NFLPA will have its own field inspector in 2013”
  1. eeerockski says: Sep 8, 2013 11:35 AM

    What happens if the nflpa inspector deems the field not worthy? They gonna cancel the game?

  2. cartire says: Sep 8, 2013 11:51 AM

    And Chris Clemons same injury at the same game. But, you know, hes not RG3, so why even mention him…

  3. reasonableeaglefan says: Sep 8, 2013 12:17 PM

    I’d like to see this person try to flex some muscle….I know you sold every ticket, to avoid a blackout, but this field isn’t safe. Send everyone home. Tell NBC that Football night in America is cancelled, butter cue the Heidi re-runs..

  4. melikefootball says: Sep 8, 2013 12:29 PM

    What authority is this person going to have. Can you see the scene with 80000 fans told to return to their cars because of field conditions. The league is becoming more and more arena football.

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