When it comes to the playing surface at MetLife Stadium, the league says everything is fine. The union says, “Not so fast.”
Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reports that the NFL Players Association is “approving a full investigation into whether the surface may have been improperly certified” for Sunday’s 49ers-Jets game.
“We are very concerned that this is a serious health and safety issue for players – and turf continues to be a general health and safety issue,” Robinson told Robinson. an anonymous union source.
As reported yesterday, the league’s instinctive reliance on standard field certification processes overlooks the fact that these same processes have been in use for years and that on some occasions the fields have been less than ideal.
“Even though the turf passed the minimum safety inspection last week, that doesn’t mean the surface is necessarily safe,” the source told Robinson. “So we’ll see what the outcome will be when they take a closer look at it this week.”
Again, what’s the harm in performing a careful and deliberate inspection of the playing surface? If it’s okay, it’s okay. If not, it pays to know before another outbreak of injury, especially since the 49ers are playing it again on Sunday.