Texans players like the new field at NRG Stadium

AP

For years, the playing field at the stadium where the Texans play absorbed plenty of criticism from the men who played on it. For years, those complaints fell on deaf ears.

Last year, a season after then-rookie Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney suffered what turned out to be a serious injury knee during what appeared to be a routine jump and landing onto the grass. This year, it’s an artificial surface — and the early returns have been positive.

“I believe that our players really like it,” coach Bill O’Brien told reporters on Sunday. “I think that it’s a really nice surface. It reminds me of the surface that we played on in New Orleans last year in the preseason. It’s similar to the one in Dallas that we played on last year in the preseason. I know our players really like it. With it down now, we have the ability to go in there and practice on it without having to walk across the street. We can go right across the hall here. I think it’s really good for our team.”

It will be even better for the team if it reduces injuries. And it comes at a time when the NFL and NFL Players Association finally are applying the appropriate vigilance to the question of field quality and safety. It’s better late than never, but with so much money invested in players it never should have been that way.

10 responses to “Texans players like the new field at NRG Stadium

  1. It’s probably an okay pro football field but, realistically, what are they going to say? For sure it’s better than the one they had for 9 years.

  2. Why can’t a billion dollar industry pay for an actual grass field? Studies are clear. Grass is much safer than artificial turf. Yes, even the modern “field turf” that is used.

  3. Mybrunoblog — bc the stadium is indoors. Without a system like Arizona, it’s impossible. Astrodome proved it, and this place proved it.

  4. mybrunoblog says:
    Aug 21, 2016 8:42 PM

    Why can’t a billion dollar industry pay for an actual grass field? Studies are clear. Grass is much safer than artificial turf. Yes, even the modern “field turf” that is used.
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    They just got rid of an actual grass field that sucked.

  5. iownyou2 says:
    Aug 21, 2016 9:05 PM

    Mybrunoblog — bc the stadium is indoors. Without a system like Arizona, it’s impossible. Astrodome proved it, and this place proved it.
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    The previous playing surface was grass.

  6. I understand the Billion Dollar industry thing… but, WHAAAA 95% of every Football game in the US from PopWarner through the Pros is played on Grass and I would even go so far as to say that 60% of the fields are full of dirt patches, weeds and pebbles for many decades and the injury rate is actually less than artifical turf. If a grass field sucks it is because they did not take sections of sod with a deep enough cut. The Packers resoded their field in December last year with no problems. They need to consult Clemson Univ or NC State… these are the best in Turf Management. Period.

  7. Mmack66 – yeah exactly. That grass surface was getting guys injured. It was a tray system, thinking was they could take the trays out between games to let the grass grow outside. Ended up that they couldn’t get the trays to lay back in place perfectly leaving behind small gaps and seams. Don’t remember who it was but they were sued by a kicker whose career was cut short by the grass field trays. Add in the Clowney injury (result of the grass trays) and it just doesn’t make sense to keep trying the grass.

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