After Rams receiver Odell Beckham Jr. went down with a non-contact knee injury, 49ers WR Deebo Samuel and others blamed the turf at SoFi Stadium.
No one likes to see a player get injured in the Super Bowl. Especially when it’s a star like Odell Beckham Jr. Especially when they suffer a non-contact injury.
Such an injury took OBJ out of the game against the Bengals. It also had people on Twitter railing against turf like the field at SoFi Stadium.
San Francisco’s Debo Samuel came out and cursed the artificial surface.
Former 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis also weighed in.
NFL players blamed the turf for Odell Beckham Jr.’s injury
So did many, many others…
Turf has been criticized for contributing to injuries for years. However, it is cheaper and easier to maintain than natural grass. It’s also hard to prove that injuries happen because of the turf itself. Players also suffer serious injuries on natural grass regularly.
However, the NFL will have to take a look at the turf vs. grass debate with players vocally advocating for a change. The fact that a star player hurt their knee without contact during the Super Bowl is definitely not a plus for turf.