GREEN BAY – Will the turf at Candlestick Park be as atrocious as it was at FedEx Field on Sunday, when Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons each suffered major knee injuries?
San Francisco 49ers kicker Billy Cundiff says no, even after he posted some photos on Facebook that indicated otherwise.
Cundiff was at Candlestick Park as he competes with David Akers to be the 49ers kicker in Saturday night’s NFC Divisional Playoff game. The photos went viral, and more attention was drawn to the conditions after the FedEx Field issues. Late Tuesday night, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that RGIII did indeed suffer a torn anterior cruciate ligament which will require reconstructive surgery, while both Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and Clemons’ agent lashed out at the poor field conditions.
Cundiff tried to downplay the field issues in an interview with CSNBayArea.com’s Matt Maiocco, saying, “It's not bad. It’s actually pretty firm. From what I’m told, it’s not as nice as it’s been in the past. But still it’s a little better than the practice fields. The practice fields out here are pretty slick.”
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he was not aware of the field being an issue until public relations director Jason Wahlers told him about it just before his press conference Tuesday evening.
“I just know the year I was there (as an assistant in 2005), I was actually impressed with the field at Candlestick,” McCarthy said. “We’ll have to look at that, but there’s nothing we can do about it. We’ll go out there in pre-game and our equipment staff will have the recommendations for which shoes to wear. I already told them what shoes I think they should wear this morning. But we’ll take a look at it and go play.”
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