The NFL Players Association wrote a letter calling for the “rapid substitute and ban” of slit-film turf fields all through the league.
The league makes use of three types of turf: slit-firm, twin fiber, and monofilament, but it surely’s the slit-firm floor that has confirmed gamers to overlook extra time resulting from accidents, which occur at an elevated charge on it as properly.
“Advocating for safer working circumstances is a core job of our union, and there are few better examples of this than elevating the requirements of the fields we observe and play on,” NFLPA President JC Tretter wrote on Saturday.
“Week after week, we’ve got heard gamers pontificate on the necessity to enhance our fields, too usually after a participant suffers an damage. This week, we’ve got seen the NFL PR machine go into overdrive to spin a extra favorable narrative to what the union and gamers know is an issue.
“If the NFL is critical about their claims that they make data-based selections and that they care about participant security, then we’ve got some actionable gadgets for them.”
Six stadiums (and 7 groups) use slit-firm turf. Tretter wrote that the NFL has acknowledged that slit-film fields are extra detrimental to gamers’ well being than different surfaces. Nevertheless, Tretter says that “the NFL has not solely refused to mandate this variation instantly, however they’ve additionally refused to decide to mandating a change away from slit movie sooner or later in any respect.”
“The accidents on slit movie are fully avoidable — each the NFL and NFLPA specialists agree on the info — and but the NFL won’t defend gamers from a subpar floor,” Tretter stated.
Tretter additionally referred to as for the elevating of area requirements and testing the security and efficiency of all surfaces.
“Till we’ve got these requirements in place, the NFL must be far more conservative when we’ve got seen points with the fields. The present area inspections don’t account for efficiency and security, so we must always cease saying that these fields are secure to play on based mostly on the very fact they handed stated inspection,” Tretter wrote, including that the inspection requirements are over 13 years previous.
The Kelce brothers, Travis and Jason, just lately echoed the NFLPA’s sentiments.
“Care for your gamers, man. It’s so ridiculous, my feeling of my physique after a sport on turf than the sensation of my physique after a sport on grass,” the Kansas City Chiefs tight finish stated on his podcast this week. “I can solely think about if the sport I simply performed towards Tennessee was on turf. Like, I barely walked out of that factor and I do know it is magnified by 10 at any time when I play on turf. Each single step within the fourth quarter you are feeling within the knees and within the joints and within the ankles – no less than that is only for me. I hate taking part in on turf. I believe it is foolish.”
The tight finish added that he retains monitor of which video games he performs on turf earlier than the season even begins, so he can “mentally put together.”
He added: “”I don’t mess around with this s—.”
“I believe it is time you all take a few of that cash y’all make off of us and make investments it in grass fields for each group across the league,” Jason stated, including that it is a “league-wide” opinion.