Antrel Rolle Critical Of Meadowlands Field Turf

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Rolle: Turf "Didn't Feel Good to Me At All"

New York Giants’ management seems to be tip-toeing around any direct criticism of the Field Turf at the New Meadowlands Stadium in the wake of Domenik Hixon’s season-ending injury. Giants’ safety Antrel Rolle, however, is not.

“I was right there when it happened and I saw it right away,” Rolle told on Thursday after the Giants’ final practice of veterans’ minicamp. “And I was like, ‘Damn, it don’t look good.’ He didn’t make a cut or anything. It just got caught in the turf.”

Rolle said he couldn’t put his finger on what the turf felt like.

“I don’t know what it was,” Rolle said. “My feet were burning at the bottom on the turf. I was slipping on each and every play. It just didn’t feel good to me at all. I can’t lie to you about that. I am not one to really complain or make excuses or anything but they should definitely look into that as far as playing on that field in the future during the season.”

Rolle said he initially thought he was the only one who felt a burning sensation in his feet.

“I thought maybe it was just me and my cleats,” Rolle said. “But everyone’s feet were burning, guys had a hard time gripping, they were getting caught a lot.”


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Jets Have No Issues With Turf During First Workout

The New York Jets held their first workout at New Meadowlands Stadium Wednesday and reported no problems with the Field Turf.

“The turf is good,” running back LaDainian Tomlinson said. “It’s a fast track. Guys are going to really enjoy playing on it.”


Field Turf Will Get Scrutiny From Giants, Jets

Well, this did not take long. In the wake of Domenik Hixon’s season-ending knee injury, suffered Tuesday, New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese said an investigation of the New Meadowlands Stadium Field Turf is underway.

"I’m not a field person, but I talked to some people who are in charge of the field," Reese said. "(We discussed) the different amount of pellets in the FieldTurf and the tray system in the middle of the field (with the removable logos). We’re discussing if that’s the right thing to do or not. We have a little bit of time, but time is of the essence right now in terms of figuring out what we need to do."

The seams in the field seemed to be of particular concern to Reese, even though he insisted that had nothing to do with Hixon’s injury, which occurred when he appeared to catch his foot in the turf while trying to field a punt.

"Obviously there’s some seams if you take (one team logo) out and put different logos in that have to be taken care of properly," Reese said. "They’re very concerned about that. Hopefully we can get those things taken care of. I don’t think it’ll be an issue, but we’re going to make sure that it’s not an issue.

"Where Domenik went down yesterday it had nothing to do with the seams. He was just running over there close to the numbers. There are no seams there or anything. It just happened. It’s just a freak thing that happens some times in sports and we’ll just have to deal with it."

Reese actually didn’t think Hixon’s injury had anything to do with the FieldTurf. "It could’ve happened right out here on the grass field," he insisted. He said he had a clear look at the play and said "It didn’t look like his foot got caught. It was like he was kind of weaving a little bit and his knee just buckled a little bit. It could’ve happened anywhere."


Giants Lose Domenik Hixon For Season With Knee Injury

New York Giants wide receiver Domenik Hixon will miss the entire 2010 season after tearing a knee ligament when he caught a cleat in the Field Turf during Tuesday's practice at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

The Giants' wide receiver and returner will miss the upcoming season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a practice in the New Meadowlands Stadium on Tuesday. The news was revealed Wednesday after Hixon was examined by team physician Russ Warren. Hixon will undergo surgery in 2-3 weeks.

Hixon's cleat got caught in the FieldTurf as he was returning a punt. He took one step then fell to the ground and placed his hands on his helmet in disgust. Hixon then walked off the field under his own power, applied ice to his knee and watched the rest of practice from the bench.

Now the Giants are missing a key contributor, who last season caught 15 passes for 187 yards and a 61-yard catch-and-run touchdown against the Eagles. For the loss of Hixon, who averaged 15.1 yards on punt returns last year and had a 79-yard touchdown on a return against the Cowboys, the Giants can thank the turf that a few players said is soft and needs to be broken in.

"Well, listen, you have to go over there and go on it before you can make some judgments about it," Coughlin said. "We'll be better served now because of the shoes we recommend and so on."

This will, I'm sure, lead to a whole rash of stories -- and studies -- regarding the safety of the turf at the new $1.7 billion stadium shared by the Giants and New York Jets.

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