The Tennessee Titans’ turf has been the subject of much debate lately. And there’s now some more concern over it as a college football player is set to miss the rest of the season after getting injured while celebrating on Saturday.
University of Virginia defensive tackle Olasunkonmi Agunloye was having a solid outing for the Cavaliers at the Nissan Stadium before rupturing both of his patella tendons during a celebration against the Tennessee Volunteers.
The player’s knees experienced full ruptures, which meant surgery. It will be at least a year before he is able to play again.
Agunloye had made the only sack against Tennessee, also recovering a fumble prior to his devastating injury. He high-stepped on the sideline to celebrate the recovery, which somehow forced his 298-pound frame into an awkward landing.
He needed to be carted off the field.
The Titans’ turf is thought to have caused the injury as the player’s celebration wasn’t all that dramatic. He was simply high-stepping when he slipped.
The NFL team switched to artificial turf in the offseason, though this type is a bit different as it’s filled with coconut shell shavings and cork instead of the typical rubber pellets.
Is it to blame for the injury? Who knows? But it will continue to be a subject of debate, especially if players suffer freak injuries during the upcoming season.
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