If Andre Johnson has an issue with the turf inside NRG Stadium, he’s not saying it.
The Houston Texans All-Pro wide receiver on Wednesday said he’s never found anything wrong with the paneled grass surface he’s played half the games of his 12-year career on.
“I’ve been playing on it my whole career,” Johnson said. “I haven’t had a problem.”
Safety D.J. Swearinger this week said No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney told him stepping in a hole between two grass panels was what caused the meniscus tear he suffered in Sunday’s win over Washington.
Clowney had arthroscopic surgery on his knee on Monday and will miss 4-6 weeks.
The day after then-New England wide receiver Wes Welker suffered a torn ACL while playing at NRG Stadium in 2010, Patriots coach Bill Belichick criticized the field, which is made of over 4,500 grass panels that are grown outside, cut and laid inside.
Former Texans punter Brett Hartman in 2012 filed a lawsuit against the companies that manage the turf, citing safety concerns and negligence.
Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said on Wednesday he hadn’t heard anything about Clowney’s injury or any player comments on the field’s safety in general.
Neither has Johnson, apparently.
“It’s just a football field,” Johnson said. “I’m just out there playing.”
Those could be company lines, from a player who doesn’t want to be on the record bashing team property — and the man whose property it is, owner Bob McNair. They also could be what Johnson believes.
Either way, whether Johnson has a problem with the field, and whether he’s letting on about it, many have already voiced concerns about something that in 31 other NFL cities is not nearly as talked about.
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