Rodgers, NFL players urge league to nix turf, go with grass

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  • Rodgers, Green Bay’s 10-time Pro Bowl quarterback who has played in every stadium except Las Vegas, thinks there’s a way for the league to pivot to grass quickly.“A lot of money in this league,” he said.
  • “I get the usability of it, but this is a billion-dollar business, and I think where we should put the money into should be for the players because if we got grass fields and can keep playing, the money keeps rolling in.
  • It holds up well to frequent use, but the concern is whether cleats are getting caught in the honeycombs.“They don’t have a bad field in this league, but there are better fields,” New York Giants safety Julian Love said.
  • It feels better on my joints, my ankles and whatnot.”Jacksonville Jaguars safety Rayshawn Jenkins called artificial turf the equivalent of playing in a parking lot, saying “I’m getting slammed on the concrete.
  • Two indoor venues — in Arizona and Las Vegas — have grass fields that can be rolled into the sun.Fourteen of the NFL’s 30 venues still use a version of synthetic turf.
  • We happen to play on the lowest turf in the league, so you want to see those standards go up.”Added Cincinnati Bengals nose tackle D.J.
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