Brandon Marshall isn’t pulling any punches.
The surface of MetLife Stadium may be the worst in the league for playing on. This has been a well-known fact for some years now and has recently been brought back into the spotlight by former eight-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
Marshall has claimed that his career was ended because of the terrible turf after suffering a season-ending ankle injury in Week 5 of the 2017 NFL season during a five-game stint with the New York Giants.
He attributes the injury to the condition of the playing surface.
“That was pretty much the last of me,” Marshall said of the ankle injury that ended his Giants career. “I felt like I could’ve played a couple more years, you know? That play was over.
“I snapped my deltoid,” Marshall said. “That’s hard to do. That’s like a car accident. I knew it was over.”
Marshall is one of many players who have cited the MetLife Stadium turf for ending their careers.
However, in March of this year, a new playing surface was installed at MetLife Stadium that is believed to be an improved synthetic turf designed to reduce the number of injuries incurred on the field.
The two New York teams will now play on an updated version of FieldTurf, which is the first multilayer dual-polymer monofilament fiber.
Whether this new surface will prove effective in reducing injuries remains to be seen as the 2023 season approaches.