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In the final play of the game, New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard fell to injury. It was a non-contact incident and Brian Daboll confirmed the bad news. Shepard has suffered a serious knee injury and is out for the remainder of the 2022 season. However, the injury has generated a public outcry for the NFL to ban turf fields once and for all.
Sterling Shepard’s Injury In Giants Game Sparks Outcry To Ban Turf Fields
Sports Injury Central shares a clip of the injury. It’s not gruesome, but it is surprising. Sterling Shepard is seen essentially jogging down the sideline. Out of nowhere, he falls to the ground, clutching his knee in pain. It’s well known amongst the football world that it’s more likely to sustain a lower-body injury on turf fields than on grass. For that reason, NFL and Giants fans alike are calling for a serious change within the league.
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— Sports Injury Central (@SICscore) September 27, 2022
This isn’t the first knee injury the Giants receiver has suffered from. So, there is a possibility Shepard had some unknown lingering issues. Regardless, the amount of injuries sustained on turf fields in the NFL is quite alarming. Fans and players definitely make a strong case as to why the NFL should remove turf fields.
NFL needs to have more strenuous standards for their grass and especially turf
— Dirty Osprey (1-2) (@Seahawks328) September 27, 2022
It truly is crazy to see. Hopefully, Shepard makes a quick recovery.
The crazy part is he never made a sudden move for it to tear
Man do i hate turf
— Fenix (@XeFenix4) September 27, 2022
Straight facts from Brian Gushue.
I think the Jets and Giants should switch to a grass field at MetLife Stadium. Research suggests these types of severe injuries occur more often on artificial surfaces. That’s why the NFLPA has been pushing for all teams to play on natural grass.
— Brian Gushue (@BJGNO12) September 27, 2022
We don’t get it either.
How that turf still exists is insane
— 𝑀𝑜𝑜𝑠𝑒 (@TheCoachMoose) September 27, 2022
Maybe one day the league will wise up and make the change. Until then, playing on turf fields is something the Giants and many other football teams will have to play on. Here’s to a quick and healthy recovery for Sterling Shepard!
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