Aaron Rodgers’ season-ending injury in his debut with the New York Jets on Monday night is reigniting the debate around artificial turf fields.
An MRI on Tuesday confirmed that Rodgers suffered a torn Achilles on the fourth snap of his career with the Jets in the team’s overtime victory over the Buffalo Bills.
Several of Rodgers’ teammates pointed to the field conditions at MetLife Stadium, specifically the turf, which was replaced earlier this year after overwhelming criticism around the league.
Jets receiver Randall Cobb said, “We wanted the NFL to protect the players with grass fields, but the NFL is more worried about making money.”
Packers offensive lineman David Bakhtiari write on X, “Congrats @nfl. How many more players have to get hurt on ARTIFICIAL TURF??! You care more about soccer players than us. You plan to remove all artificial turf for the World Cup coming up. So clearly it’s feasible. I’m sick of this. Do better!”
Jets cornerback D.J. Reed also took to X to say, “We need real grass for all of our stadiums.”
And now it’s not only the players, but the NFLPA as well. Here’s what the executive director had to say about it…
What do you think about the artificial turf debate?