Odell Beckham Jr. has always been critical of artificial turf and has condemned it time and time again. Recently, the artificial turf claimed another victim. Giants WR Sterling Shepard got injured as his foot was caught in the turf during the Monday Night Football matchup against the Cowboys.
The Giants WR has carted off the field as he wasn’t able to walk. Sterling Shepard supposedly tore his ACL, this means that the WR is out for the whole season just because of the artificial grass.
Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a similar injury last season in the Ram’s Super Bowl run, OBJ tore his ACL. That put him on the sidelines for many months and he is still recovering. The LA Rams also didn’t extend his contract due to the same reason.
The current free agent WR believes that the artificial turf is harmful to the players and should be replaced with natural grass everywhere like it is in soccer.
“Just get rid of it all the fkngether bro,” Odell Beckham Jr. said on his Twitter. “Billions made off this game I can’t understand why we can’t play on grass. That shxt is rough. Prayers up for my brother. Shxt just hurt my heart.”
Odell Beckham Jr. is not the only one who is vocal about this issue
The artificial turf is beginning to be a concern for all the teams as it invites terrible injuries. Odell Beckham Jr. also suffered the same no-contact ACL injury that put him on the sidelines for most of the season.
This is a growing problem and many people are starting to take notice of it. NFL players association president JC Tretter also published an essay in which he explained the disadvantages of artificial turf and how real grass is the way forward for the NFL.
“Our occupation is dangerous enough, and the increased rate of lower extremity injuries linked to the field surface we are forced to play on is unacceptable. The NFLPA is advocating for teams to convert artificial practice and game fields to natural grass fields,” Tretter said.
“In the meantime, we’re fighting on behalf of our players to develop better safety standards and testing methods for artificial turf. There is room for innovation by artificial turf manufacturers, but until the risk of injury on turf mirrors the risk on grass, playing on turf is not in the best interest of our players.”
The NFL has not yet made any decision against the use of artificial turf and it’s pretty safe to assume that they will be using it this season as well.