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Ridgewood NJ, Aaron Rodgers’s torn Achilles tendon is becoming an Achilles’ heel for the NFL. Following the star quarterback’s season-ending injury in his debut for the New York Jets this week, the players union is again urging the league to replace artificial turf fields with real grass, citing safety concerns.
In 10 of the last 11 regular seasons, players were hurt more often on synthetic surfaces than on natural grass, data analyzed by the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) President JC Tretter shows.
Last year, the injury rate was 37% higher on turf. But there was no significant difference in injury rates during the 2021 season, which the NFL claims is proof there’s no issue with turf.
Rodgers and other players have long railed against turf fields for feeling less stable and contributing to knee, ankle, and foot injuries. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the issue is “complex.”
Going au naturel would cost an estimated $850,000 for each of the NFL’s 15 turf fields—a drop in the bucket compared with the league’s $12 billion in revenue last season. It’s the “easiest decision the NFL can make,” NFLPA Executive Director Lloyd Howell said yesterday.
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