Pete Carroll rips FedEx turf

January 7, 2013

This passes for grass at FedEx Field. (Richard Lipski / AP)

Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll wasn’t pleased with the turf at FedEx Field, to say the least.

The Seahawks beat the Washington Redskins 24-14 on the field, where grass was scarce and a liberal application of paint, according to Fox’s Joe Buck had been applied, but the first-round playoff victory was costly. Carroll’s team lost defensive end Chris Clemons to what his agent fears is a torn anterior cruciate ligament playing on what his agent said was a “crappy” field.

“The field was horrible,” Carroll told ESPN 710 in Seattle. “As bad as a field can get. We deserve better.”

Carroll added that the poor conditions affected both teams and NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported that neither the Redskins nor the Seahawks mentioned conditions to the league.

“It is the responsibility of the home team to maintain the field,” spokesman Greg Aiello told Rapoport. “It’s a grass field. It’s winter. There were no complaints about it by either team. … Injuries occur, unfortunately, on every field.”

It’s not clear whether conditions were a factor in Robert Griffin III’s injury. The same field, though, claimed Adrian Peterson, who tore his medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments at FedEx on Christmas Eve 2011.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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