A few Giants players weren’t happy with the team’s new FieldTurf installation, believing it caused the season-ending injury to Domenik Hixon.
One of New York’s NFC rivals agrees with the sentiment.
As pointed out by ESPN’s Tim Graham, the Vikings have argued in a lawsuit that the surface is unsafe.
“Medically, FieldTurf has proven to increase risk and severity of injury in NFL players,”
the Vikings stated, according to recent court documents.
FieldTurf is suing the Vikings for choosing a competitor despite a cheaper bid to resurface the Metrodome. Meanwhile, Giants G.M. Jerry Reese is defending the FieldTurf, as is the company’s spokesman.
“With all due and sincere respect to Antrel Rolle, who is a wonderful
player, he is simply not medically trained or qualified to make such a
statement,” FieldTurf spokesman Chip Namias said. “The people who run
NFL teams are ultra conscientious, and there’s a very good reason why 21
of the 32 member clubs use FieldTurf.”
It will be interesting to see if the number of teams using FieldTurf drops in the upcoming years.