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NFL players have been asking the league for years to scrap artificial turf in favor of grass playing fields, but they turned up the heat Saturday.

Many prominent NFL players tweeted their support of grass fields, prompting an NFL response Saturday evening.

Among the stars tweeting about the issue were Cooper Kupp, George Kittle, Gabe Davis, Dalton Schultz, Nick Bosa and David Bakhtiari.

“I believe that we — and all teams — should be playing on grass,” tweeted Kupp. “This is an age-old issue, and I believe the time to address the problem is now! Let’s have the conversation.”

“No one wants to see players sidelined by injury because owners choose to save money over a bad field,” tweeted Kittle.

“NFL says they care about player safety yet they can’t put us on a natural surface,” tweeted Bosa.

The NFLPA retweeted the players’ tweets, amplifying their message and reach in their PR campaign to get team owners to adopt grass fields. The NFL responded to the Twitter campaign Saturday evening with a statement by Jeff Miller, the NFL’s executive vice president of communications, public affairs and policy.

“As the NFLPA knows from the meeting of our Joint Field Surface Safety & Performance Committee earlier this month, there was no difference between the number of injuries on synthetic surfaces versus grass,” Miller said (via Pro Football Talk). “While slit-film surfaces, one type of synthetic material, have 2-3 more injuries per year, most of them are ankle sprains — a low-burden injury — whereas slit film also sees a lower rate of fewer high-burden ACL injuries compared to other synthetic fields. As a result, the league and NFLPA’s joint experts did not recommend any changes to surfaces at the meeting but agreed more study is needed.”

Seven teams play on the slit-film surface, which the NFLPA claims leads to “higher in-game injury rates.”

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