Three days earlier ghosts and goblins locomotion the streets connected Halloween, Logan Ryan lashed retired astatine the NFL’s Turf Monster.
Ryan is the past Giants antiaircraft skipper lasting due to the fact that information Jabrill Peppers and linebacker Blake Martinez suffered season-ending torn ACLs. Both injuries happened astatine MetLife Stadium, which is 1 of the NFL’s 17 turf fields.
“We’ve truly got to speech astir these turf fields,” Ryan said. “It’s conscionable not champion for a player’s safety. It’s excessively galore lower-body injuries. It’s unfortunate going into a declaration year. … It’s taking guys’ net quality away, erstwhile you miss a play due to the fact that your ankle can’t get retired of the turf oregon your genu can’t get retired of the turf.”
The NFL Players Association, for which Ryan is the Giants’ squad representative, called upon teams to regenerate turf fields with writer successful an unfastened missive past season. It noted a 28 percent higher complaint of non-contact little extremity injuries erstwhile playing connected turf.
Martinez’s wounded successful Week 3 was non-contact, but Peppers, who volition beryllium a escaped cause successful the offseason, was dragged down astatine the extremity of a punt return. Saquon Barkley tore his ACL connected writer past play astatine Soldier Field successful Chicago. The Giants volition play connected writer Monday astatine Kansas City.
MetLife Stadium’s turf has been singled retired by visiting teams arsenic particularly unforgiving, including a rant past play by 49ers manager Kyle Shanahan, whose roster was depleted successful back-to-back games against the Jets and Giants. An autarkic tract teacher cleared the turf aft Shanahan’s criticisms.
“Our turf is similar immoderate different turf,” Ryan said. “I don’t deliberation they’re bad, I conscionable deliberation they’re not arsenic bully arsenic grass. We signifier connected writer each day. The English Premier League, those [soccer] players play connected writer — and we play connected turf.
“A batch of guys get high-ankle sprains and teardrop their knees each twelvemonth connected turf. If it happens connected grass, it happens connected grass. Grass has the quality to determination a small spot much than turf. If you had a poll, the players don’t similar playing connected turf. It is what it is.”
Former Giants first-round prime DeAndre Baker has played conscionable 1 drawback since starting Week 2 astatine cornerback for the Chiefs.
While with the Giants, Baker was arrested connected equipped robbery charges successful May 2020. He was released that September. After the charges were dropped successful November, helium rapidly signed with the Chiefs and played successful 2 games earlier suffering a breached limb successful the regular-season finale.
Before his arrest, Baker fell retired of favour arsenic a rookie with the erstwhile Giants’ coaching unit due to the fact that of a deficiency of absorption successful meetings and practice. But Chiefs manager Andy Reid is known for giving 2nd (and third) chances.
“He’s travel successful present and worked and done everything we’ve asked him,” Reid said. “He had that horrendous breached limb that helium had past year. He’s inactive benignant of truly moving done that arsenic helium goes. I deliberation it gets a small bushed connected him still.”
The Chiefs are allowing 404.6 yards and 29 points per crippled nether antiaircraft coordinator Steve Spanguolo. Giants fans should retrieve that Spagnuolo’s defenses thin to beryllium either Super Bowl-winning prime (he has won rings with the Giants and Chiefs) oregon dreadful (the 2015 Giants).
Reid hasn’t mislaid immoderate assurance successful his longtime friend.
“He’s a pugnacious kid,” the 63-year-old Reid said of the 61-year-old Spagnuolo. “You broke him in. You cognize that.”