Von Miller makes a big statement to the NFL on The Pat McAfee Show to keep players safe during an injury crisis

THE NFL field turf vs. grass debate enters the next round.

After many blamed New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard’s recent ACL tear on the field turf at MetLife Stadium, the debate over whether NFL games should be played on turf has been reignited.

Miller has two Super Bowl rings - one with the Rams and one with the Broncos

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Miller has two Super Bowl rings – one with the Rams and one with the BroncosPhoto credit: Getty
Shepard's injury was non-contact

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Shepard’s injury was non-contactPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

On Thursday, two-time Super Bowl winner Von Miller opened up on the subject while performing The Pat McAfee Showand for him: “It’s about time every single field was grass.”

Miller explained that in other professional leagues like the Premier League and La Liga, all pitches are grass.

Miller said: “The crazy thing about it [is] When they come here, they put grass on the turf fields for these boys to play on.”

Miller continued, “And honestly, we’re the ones doing that [are] playing on it and our feedback is that this is a better surface, it feels better, especially after games – your body doesn’t hurt, your ankles don’t hurt.”

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After spending last season with the Los Angeles Rams, Miller admitted he was surprised their brand new stadium, which he described as possibly “the best stadium in any sport,” had a field turf.

Miller said: “I know owners, they want to have concerts and they want to have events, we can set up a platform over the lawn and have the concert over it. It’s a simple solution.”

Another salient point of the three-time First-Team All-Pro was that he believes field turf makes recovery that much more difficult for experienced players like him.

Miller said: “I’m old, I’m 12 years old and every time I play on grass you can just … have a little pain here and it also lasts, it’s not like you will in two or three days get over it, it takes about three or four days to release some of that pain.”

So if players are so determined to make the move to grass, why haven’t NFL owners done so?

Well, NFL reporter Albert Breer further explained The Dan Patrick Show that it’s all about the money.

Breer said, “I think there’s a bigger systemic issue for the NFL here, which is that stadiums have gotten so expensive that NFL owners feel like they can’t justify keeping those stadiums open for just 10 dates in the league year to have.

“And what does that mean? That means we need to put a million events in there.”

Breer explained that because of all of these various events that make it difficult to keep the lawn well-groomed, it’s easier and less expensive to go for field turf.

It remains to be seen whether this debate will ultimately lead to a real turning point.

But with more high-profile players like Miller speaking out, the NFL may have no choice but to listen sooner or later.

SoFi Stadium, home of the LA Rams and Chargers, is said to have cost over $5 billion

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SoFi Stadium, home of the LA Rams and Chargers, is said to have cost over $5 billionCredit: Alamy
Breer noted that Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers, uses a mix of real and synthetic grass used in much of Europe

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Breer noted that Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers, uses a mix of real and synthetic grass used in much of EuropePhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

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