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NFLPA president blasts Soldier Field conditions

The president of the NFL Players Association blasted the conditions at Soldier Field on Saturday, and he didn’t precisely get an argument from the Chicago Bears or Kansas City Chiefs after their preseason recreation.

Union president JC Tretter tweeted the sphere was lower than NFL requirements.

“The NFL said that this field met minimum testing standards,” he wrote. “We clearly need to re-evaluate what is an acceptable surface for players to compete on. We need new testing metrics looking at the performance and safety of every field. The NFL can and should do better.”

Chicago quarterback Justin Fields mentioned issues had been worse when the Bears practiced there Tuesday slightly than at their suburban headquarters. He additionally mentioned he tries to make use of the conditions to work in his favor.

“I knew how our grass was,” he mentioned. “So I knew other teams didn’t know how it was, so I kind of used it to my advantage in running and stuff like that, using the long spikes and stuff like that.”

The conditions didn’t appear to trouble Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes. The four-time Pro Bowler threw for 60 yards and a landing on the Chiefs’ first possession after which known as it a day.

“I think they had a concert so there was some stuff here and there, but it wasn’t any crazy, bad (stuff) or anything like that,” he mentioned. “I love playing here at Soldier Field. It’s an awesome stadium. You feel the history of it.”

The conditions at Soldier Field have lengthy been a supply of frustration for gamers and coaches on the Bears in addition to different groups. The lakefront location and harsh climate make sustaining the floor tough for the Chicago Park District, which owns the stadium.

The area was significantly uneven after Elton John carried out there final weekend. Major League Soccer not too long ago moved the Chicago Fire’s recreation in opposition to New York City FC scheduled for Aug. 21 to SeatGeek Stadium in suburban Bridgeview, Ill., due to conditions introduced on by “a series of planned events at the venue.”

As for the way the sphere was on Saturday?

“A lot better than my high school field looked,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid quipped. “Not much.”

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