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The_WARDen
01-06-2009, 11:37 AM
http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/rumors/post/Natural-grass-kept-Roethlisberger-injury-from-be?urn=nfl,132451


Natural grass kept Roethlisberger injury from being worse

That artificial turf the Pittsburgh Steelers never installed at Heinz Field might have saved them a franchise quarterback. Or at least, saved him from a bigger headache, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Ben Roethlisberger credited the giving grass surface for saving him from a more serious injury Dec. 28 when his head bounced off it after Cleveland linebackers Willie McGinest and D'Qwell Jackson knocked him to the turf late in the first half. They carried Roethlisberger out on a stretcher that game; he was diagnosed with a mild concussion and he did not practice last week. But he did practice yesterday and said he will start Sunday when the Steelers play the San Diego Chargers at Heinz Field in an AFC divisional playoff game.

"I'm glad we weren't on FieldTurf," Roethlisberger said yesterday, speaking publicly for the first time since his injury. "That grass you know, the soft Heinz Field might've helped a little bit. That whiplash is always a pain. If you ask any position player, when they hit that ground with the whiplash, it's going to hurt like crazy."

Still, he said it was "scary" because his arms went temporarily numb.

"Yeah, I couldn't feel them. They pricked me with a pin and I couldn't feel it. When you see the doctor look at the trainer with that look, it kind of scares you a little bit."

The scary part is over now come the questions. First, there were those from the doctors; he took several tests last week and passed his final one Monday morning. Now, they'll come from fans and the news media: Will there be an effect from the concussion when he takes the field Sunday?

"I plan on being out there 100 percent ready to go," Roethlisberger said.

Source: Pittburgh Post-Gazette

DACEB
01-06-2009, 12:25 PM
"I'm glad we weren't on FieldTurf," Roethlisberger said yesterday, speaking publicly for the first time since his injury. "That grass — you know, the soft Heinz Field — might've helped a little bit.

Yea, that soft field. Maybe with the extra layer of sod on it.

That real hard field turf, with the sand under it for drainage and all those rubber pellets must be real hard?!?!?

That's it, now they'll never get field turf!!

Fire Haley
01-06-2009, 12:27 PM
That's it, now they'll never get field turf!!

100% truth

Ben's head will need it's own forum soon - there will be a zillion more articles coming up.

El-Gonzo Jackson
01-06-2009, 12:59 PM
Yea, that soft field. Maybe with the extra layer of sod on it.

That real hard field turf, with the sand under it for drainage and all those rubber pellets must be real hard?!?!?

That's it, now they'll never get field turf!!

The Field turf stuff is harder, but the closest thing to natural turf other than the real stuff. A survey of NFL players concluded that 85% preferred natural turf. http://www.athleticturf.net/athleticturf/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=148868

So NFL players prefer grass........who knew. :smoker:

DACEB
01-06-2009, 01:23 PM
The Field turf stuff is harder, but the closest thing to natural turf other than the real stuff. A survey of NFL players concluded that 85% preferred natural turf.

I'm sure all players would rather play on beautiful natural grass. If you notice the best fields in the survey that are natural grass are all in climates that allow the grass to flourish, besides Philly and that could be due to the fact Philly was so bad for so long.

That survey was done over 4 years ago. I'm sure the technology has changed since then, and how it is installed. Notice again in the survey that the same type of surface was listed in both the best and worst, how can that be other than how it was installed.

I don't discount that players would much rather play on natural grass, but I think the climate and the condition of the field would play into that decision also.