Vikings P Kluwe says TCF Bank Stadium 'unplayable'

Posted Dec. 19, 2010 @ 3:16 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Vikings will host the Bears Monday night at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium, though if it were up to punter Chris Kluwe, the game would be held at a different venue.

Kluwe and his teammates went through a walkthrough at the outdoor stadium this morning and the reviews were not positive from the punter. He posted to his Twitter his thoughts of the playing surface, which has gone through days of preparation in order to be ready for the Monday night game.

Kluwe wrote:

"Serious time — All respect to the people that cleared the field and got it ready, you did an amazing job. That being said, it's unplayable. The field is as hard as concrete an hour and a half after they took the tarp off, and anyone that hits their head is getting a concussion. I find it interesting that the NFL can claim an emphasis on player safety, and then tell us the field is fine. It's beyond hypocritical. I can only hope, however unlikely, that no one gets catastrophically injured at the trainwreck that's about to take place tomorrow night."

The way we see it

NFL officials have said the field is playable, but similar to the thoughts of Bears S Chris Harris and his teammates this week, it is alarming to see a player say they are concerned about the conditions of the field for their safety. The league will face major scrutiny if a player is seriously hurt as a result of the un-satisfactory conditions.