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    NFL players union renews call for grass fields after Aaron Rodgers’ injury

    September 14, 2023 // When the 2026 World Cup is held in North America, all 11 U.S. venues will be at NFL stadiums. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday on ESPN he is meeting with the head of FIFA next week about the World Cup. Plans currently call for host stadiums to use grass mixed with artificial surface. Lambeau Field has featured Kentucky bluegrass sod weaved in with synthetic fibers since 2018. “Something that we’re working to try to see is that a better surface for us?” Goodell said. “Because you have to look at climate too. This is not just about is the field going to be good in September? Is it also going to be good in December and January?” The current collective bargaining agreement uses science to measure injuries, with the NFL and the union using the same data. Goodell noted Rodgers had one of two Achilles tendon tears in the NFL‘s first week — the other, suffered by Baltimore’s J.K. Dobbins, occurred on grass. “That is where we make decisions, on the basis of science, not because I see an injury that I don’t like,” Goodell said.