Inglewood, California – Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s knee injury suffered during Sunday’s Super Bowl when his foot got stuck on the artificial turf field has sparked calls for the NFL to impose pitches grass in all stadiums.
Of the NFL’s 32 teams, 16 teams still play on artificial turf, including the Rams and Chargers at their shared home, the $5.5 billion SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
Beckham’s non-contact injury to his left knee, which some fear was a torn ACL, has caused uproar on social media.
“Turf should be off limits,” San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel tweeted during the game, which the Rams won 23-20 as Beckham watched from the sideline.
“The NFL needs to make it mandatory for every team to have grass instead of turf,” Las Vegas Raiders goaltender Jermaine Eluemunor tweeted.
“The lawn is a trash can.”
A group called “Flip the Turf” claims that turf is much more dangerous for players.
Turf fields lead to 32% more non-contact knee injuries and 69% more non-contact foot and ankle injuries, the group said, citing NFL injury data collected from 2012 to 2018 .
According to a Columbia University study, turf can be up to 60 degrees (Fahrenheit) warmer than natural grass, increasing the rate at which toxic gases are released and ingested, and 90% of gamers the NFL believe artificial turf will shorten their careers.
Turf is also worse for the environment, according to Flip the Turf.
It cannot be recycled in the United States, resulting in an estimated 150 million kilograms of landfill waste each year, and microplastics in water and irrigation systems, the group said in its Change petition. .org.
“Unlike grass, turf does not cool the environment,” the group said.
“It does not filter pollutants from air and water. It does not fix carbon dioxide and does not release oxygen. Turf has no climatic advantage.
The NFL did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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