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Cutler: Soldier Field turf is one of league’s worst

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By Dan Parr

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Bears QB Jay Cutler tore up the Soldier Field turf at his press conference at Halas Hall Wednesday. Cutler was asked whether he would like to see the natural grass replaced with a synthetic surface at the Bears' home stadium.

"The turf is what it is," he said. "With our speed, we'd like to get something that's a little bit tighter, but we probably have one of the worst fields in the league at this point. We did last year as well.

"We've got to deal with it and our guys know it. They're aware of how to cut and how to move on it. We've just got to go out there and play."

Cutler said it's not uncommon to hear players from opposing teams ask him about the turf during pregame warm-ups.

"(I hear) A lot of stuff about it pregame," he said. "Guys go out there during pregame and they're wondering what cleats to wear and exactly how torn up it is. There is usually a (high school) game (the day before) our game. It's a shame."

The Chicago Park District resodded the playing surface at Soldier Field on Nov. 30 and Sunday's game against the Patriots will be the first time the Bears have played at home since the turf was replaced.

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