NFLPA has concerns about Patriots’ new field

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The Patriots sufficiently disliked the the playing surface they’d installed in May to remove it after two preseason games, one practice. and one regular-season game. The NFL Players Association doesn’t like what they replaced it with.

“Player Health and Safety remains a top priority of the NFLPA and we sent our field expert to Gillette Stadium to evaluate the newly installed FieldTurf,” the NFLPA said in a statement issued to PFT. “The Gmax numbers that reflect surface hardness came back extremely low, indicating a very soft field; however, the testing results passed the NFL Mandatory Practices for field surface testing.”

The NFLPA had specific advice for players who will be performing on that surface.

“We have encouraged players to consult their equipment managers to ensure they are not wearing cleats that will penetrate too deep into the surface, which would increase the risk of lower extremity injuries. The NFL Foot & Ankle Committee has coordinated extensive research on athletic shoe safety and performance. Based on the results, the Committee has provided information distributed to all clubs.

“We will continue to monitor field testing and work to establish evidence-based standards for the safety and performance of NFL playing surfaces across the League.”

The Patriots removed the prior surface because it was too soft. The NFLPA had concerns about that one, too.

30 responses to “NFLPA has concerns about Patriots’ new field

  1. Detroit field surface fixed that with some Kharma of their own – Edelson, done for the season. Kharma never loses. Just sayin’

  2. terripet says:
    September 24, 2017 at 9:54 pm
    Does this team ever stop cheating
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    Do you ever stop whining and obsessing over them? Were Brady & Belichick both in the car that ran over your puppy?

  3. somehomer says:
    September 24, 2017 at 9:54 pm
    “The NFL Foot & Ankle Committee” I call this meeting to order please take a seat.
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    Yes do please be seated and let’s get right to it, the Elbow & Shoulder Committee have the room booked for the bottom of the hour.

  4. terripet says:
    September 24, 2017 at 9:54 pm
    Does this team ever stop cheating
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    Field met NFL standards…..& now THATS considered cheating too??!!
    Pats win AGAIN….how DEFLATING that must be for you…LOL!!!!

  5. terripet says:
    September 24, 2017 at 9:54 pm
    Does this team ever stop cheating


    Never started. 🙂

    Does that make you mad cupcake? 🙂 Yeah. U mad. 🙂

  6. terripet says:
    September 24, 2017 at 9:54 pm
    Does this team ever stop cheating

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    Did your mother drop you on your head when you were an infant? Because that is the only explanation for such a dumb remark. Do you know how expensive it is to re-do a field ? And having just done it recently double the cost.

  7. Am I missing something? What’s the issue? Different types of turfs require different types of cleat.

    Teams build stadiums to give them the best home field advantage as possible (i.e. designed to be noisy as possible for opponents). If the team performs better on certain turfs then who cares what they put in as long as it meets NFL standards.

  8. terripet says:
    skawh says:
    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
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    Poor chip, after the Dollfins almost got shutout by the Jets today the poor little guy can’t pull any of the fins puppets out of the sock drawer. Good thing there are so many others to choose from.

  9. Cheating? Seeing that the Patriots play 8 games on the questionable turf and their opponents will only be subject to the risk of injury only once, if anything it seems as though the Pats are trying to “level the playing field” for the other 31 inferior teams that are fortunate enough to share said field with best team in the sport. “Khama (sp.) never loses”… but the Seahawks sure do. Especially when you only have 1 yard to go for a championship. Other than having to live in a 2 sport semi-pro town, I don’t know what Hawks fans did to deserve that embarrassment, the effects of which still haunt their fledgling little team.

  10. At least be fair, Goodell puts out memo saying don’t record sidelines, Pats record sidelines anyway. That is cheating, don’t know how you can deny that.

  11. scoocha says:
    September 24, 2017 at 11:41 pm
    At least be fair, Goodell puts out memo saying don’t record sidelines, Pats record sidelines anyway. That is cheating, don’t know how you can deny that.

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    Teams are still allowed to tape the the other team. The only infraction was from where it was done.

  12. scoocha says:
    September 24, 2017 at 11:41 pm
    At least be fair, Goodell puts out memo saying don’t record sidelines, Pats record sidelines anyway. That is cheating, don’t know how you can deny that.

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    Easy, a memo is not a rule. There is a rules committee for a reason and rule changes are voted on by the owners in the offseason. So a memo on week one is not a new rule. It is an enforcement guideline. That said, Bill admitted at the time that he misinterpreted the memo. The punishment was severe for violating a memo. Calling it “cheating” is a bit much. This holier then thou crap is so stupid.

  13. skawh says:
    September 24, 2017 at 10:01 pm
    Detroit field surface fixed that with some Kharma of their own – Edelson, done for the season. Kharma never loses. Just sayin’

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    God, I really miss Edelson. Him, Ardamola, Crooks and Grink were unstoppable with Brandy throwing to them. Damn Kharma….

  14. Sure the NFLPA has concerns about this field (that is within league standards) but they can play on absolute horrible grass fields that are nothing but mud painted green when it comes to cold temperatures at the end of the season.

  15. Reminds me of all the crap you heard over the years from NBA teams complaining about the flor in the Boston Garden. Dead spots, warped wood and leprechauns oh my.

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