Rams WR Cooper Kupp – All NFL games should be played on grass

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – When asked if he would rather play on an artificial grass pitch than a natural grass pitch, Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp didn’t hesitate.

“It’s not even close,” Kupp said on Thursday. “I know that a lot is happening in the league right now, there are some problems. Undoubtedly we should play on grass. Undoubtedly we should play on grass. And that’s all I’m going to say.”

The question about playing on artificial turf came after Seattle Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf and Los Angeles Chargers cornerback JC Jackson both left Sunday’s game at SoFi Stadium with knee injuries, both during non-contact games.

SoFi Stadium, where both the Rams and Chargers play, has an artificial turf field. Fourteen of the NFL’s 30 stadiums use an artificial surface.

Kupp was then asked if the turf at SoFi Stadium was any different, and he quickly replied, “We should be on grass.”

On Wednesday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the issue was “something we definitely need to look at really seriously again in the offseason.”

“It’s been a discussion before,” Carroll said. “We have to do the right thing and we have to do what is safest for the players and we have to make those decisions. I would bang the drum for that.”

In 2020, after San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan complained about the artificial surface at MetLife Stadium, NFL Players Association President JC Tretter called for all NFL teams to switch to natural grass to avoid the reduce risk of injury.

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34892255/rams-wr-cooper-kupp-all-nfl-games-played-grass Rams WR Cooper Kupp – All NFL games should be played on grass

Emma Bowman

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