Texans decide to cut the grass, install artificial turf

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After perpetual complaints and perhaps an injury to last year’s No. 1 overall pick, the Texans are getting rid of their grass.

General Manager Rick Smith just announced that the team was scrapping their system which brought natural grass in on trays to a solid artificial surface. Players would certainly prefer to play on natural grass, but not when it featured large seams between the trays as it has there.

“Our field has tested very well in the past. That has not been the case this year,” Smith said, via the team’s official Twitter account: “We weren’t confident that the field would improve, and that’s the reason we are making the change.”

The decision was made after last week’s opener against the Chiefs, which featured complaints before the game even started. With the Texans in Charlotte this weekend to play the Panthers, they’re going to start work so they can have the new surface ready for the rest of their regular season schedule.

It’s a positive change, and frankly overdue. When Jadeveon Clowney’s rookie season went down the tubes because of a knee injury which one of his teammates attributed to the uneven grass surface, they should have done something out of self-preservation. But it apparently took seeing their system not work again this year to convince them.