Andy Reid blames loose turf in Arizona for injuries to Trent McDuffie, Harrison Butker

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Chiefs coach Andy Reid criticized the turf at State Farm Stadium, blaming it for injuries to kicker Harrison Butker and rookie defensive back Trent McDuffie.

The grass was re-sodded after the Cardinals’ training camp at the stadium.

It was a little loose. That’s what happens sometimes when you re-sod,” Reid said, via the Associated Press. “It’s part of the Butker injury and the McDuffie injury, and that’s unfortunate. The turf picked up, and I would tell you that did have something to do with it. If it didn’t, I’d tell you that, too. It’s not an excuse by any means. But you all see it when you watch the tape.”

Butker injured the ankle on his plant foot during an early kickoff. Safety Justin Reid made one of two extra points before Butker returned to kick a 54-yard field goal and three PATs, but Reid kicked off the rest of the way.

McDuffie injured his hamstring in coverage, and the Chiefs placed him on injured reserve Tuesday.

State Farm Stadium is maintained by ASM Global, which manages six other NFL stadiums, including Soldier Field. The home of the Bears was re-sodded earlier this month after it was roundly criticized following their preseason opener.

The new turf in Chicago held up during heavy rains Sunday.

The Cardinals have a natural grass field that sits on a tray, allowing it to be slid inside for games and outside to be in the sun, as needed. It also prevents concerts and other events from being held on the grass.

23 responses to “Andy Reid blames loose turf in Arizona for injuries to Trent McDuffie, Harrison Butker

  1. The Bidwills and the losers in Houston have been getting away with murder with this for a long time.

    They shouldn’t be allowed to wait so long to make that decision. The average person knows it takes many weeks for sod to fully settle in.

    Million dollar athletes playing on a billionaire oligarch’s field, should in no way, shape or form be playing on such a surface.

    Absolutely ridiculous that this is not addressed, with a uniform policy across the board based on how each stadium has their turf set up.

    Not many teams use natural grass anymore, but they should. And, if your gimmick dome/grass system where you slide it outside to get sun and bring it back in to resod doesn’t work well, then you shouldn’t have it.

  2. Enough with the blame game. The surface could be Asphalt or st.Augustine putting green when a human runs that fast, weighs that much, running in stop/go sequences, injuries are inevitable.

  3. “..when a human runs that fast, weighs that much….”

    Even the kicker got injured…and he doesn’t run fast orweigh a lot.

  4. touchback6 says:
    September 13, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    Absolutely ridiculous that this is not addressed, with a uniform policy across the board based on how each stadium has their turf set up.
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    A uniform policy modified for each of the 32 stadiums . . . So pretty much what we have now.

  5. It’s pretty much impossible for grass to grow or sod to root in the northern half of the country after September. Churned mud between the 20 yard lines might – might – cause fewer injuries, but it likely won’t be a very exciting or watchable game.

    One positive will be that there won’t be any griping about bad officiating on offsides, first down, and out of bounds plays because there won’t be any lines on the field.

  6. The Bidwills and the losers in Houston have been getting away with murder with this for a long time.
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    The field in Houston used to be a mess. The Texans replaced the crappy portable grass trays with turf several years ago.

  7. Funny, the Cards do this every year and the State Farm stadium field have been voted as the best surface in the NFL by the players in the league. Go look that up. Anyone to compare it to a bad field like the Bears is crazy and uninformed.

  8. homerjones458 says:
    September 13, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    If horses won’t eat it you shouldn’t play on it.

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    But what about goats? They’ll eat anything.

  9. There’s no evidence to back up his claims and this was a classless comment by Andy Reid. If he had a beef with the turf he could have brought it up with the league or the Arizona Cardinals. So he ran his mouth and looks silly. The turf has been in place for almost a month and that’s plenty of time for it to be stable. I really like Reid but he should apologize for this unnecessary embarrassment.

  10. Hahaha….

    So the “Gimmick” has worked Flawlessly since 2006 in a Stadium that has hosted multiple Super Bowls and College National Championship is suddenly a problem..because one team had two guys get hurt????

    Oh… let’s tear it down… as well as every other highbschool,college and Pro stadium where a player got hurt this weekend.

    Sheesh we have become a nation of complaining pansies.

  11. No evidence that pulling a hamstring is related to the type of playing surface. There wasn’t really an unusual amount of slipping, and there weren’t sizable holes/divots in the field, even in the fourth quarter. Seems to me that Reid is blaming the stadium’s grounds crew for what’s nothing more than bad luck.

  12. Jake from State Farm has been working as hard as he can on that grass, he even paid for grass he didn’t need, did a double check and had an emu and a gecko pick the bugs out of the grass.

  13. touchback6 says:
    September 13, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    Not many teams use natural grass anymore, but they should. And, if your gimmick dome/grass system where you slide it outside to get sun and bring it back in to resod doesn’t work well, then you shouldn’t have it.
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    Not many? At the end of last season, 14 teams were playing on natural turf. The Giants/Jets share a field with artificial turf as do the Chargers/Rams. Now count the total stadiums and do the math.

  14. People hate uncertainty. They want reasons … causes. The field has become the unlucky boogieman for all leg injuries.

  15. phinjunky1985 says:
    September 13, 2022 at 9:00 pm
    There’s no evidence to back up his claims and this was a classless comment by Andy Reid.
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    No evidence? You mean like the video tape Andy referenced that clearly shows the turf giving way? Like that kind of evidence? They showed the replay of Butker getting injured right after it happened and you could see the turf give way.

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