According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the NFLPA has lodged a complaint with the NFL and the Carolina Panthers regarding the playing field during Carolina’s 37-23 victory over the Detroit Lions on Christmas Eve.
After the game, several Lions players expressed criticism of the playing surface and said the field conditions only worsened in the sub-freezing temperatures.
The official grievance cites ‘the hardness of the playing field,’ according to an ESPN report.
“NFLPA is filing a grievance against the NFL and Carolina for the hardness of the playing field in last Saturday’s Lions-Panthers game, per source. The NFLPA complained before the game and said the field conductions, in the extreme cold, only worsened as the game progressed,” he reported.
The game was the coldest Panthers home game in franchise history. Lions quarterback Jared Goff was among those who complained about the playing surface.
Prior to the start of the 2021 season, Panthers owner David Tepper converted the playing surface from grass to artificial turf.
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