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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
BBAO: Multiple injuries at Reliant Stadium

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Two Green Bay Packers players suffered season-ending knee injuries in Sunday night's game at Reliant Stadium. A third appeared fortunate to have avoided the same. As we discussed in Monday's Free Head Exam, it's fair to wonder if the Packers would draw any connection between the injuries to linebacker D.J. Smith and running back Brandon Saine -- and the apparent near-miss of linebacker Nick Perry -- to the stadium's unique grass surface.

The field consists of grass on 1,250 portable trays and requires maintenance at the seams. As Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com points out, Packers coach Mike McCarthy didn't dismiss the injuries as coincidence.

"Their surface is definitely different," McCarthy said during a news conference. "It's something we've never played on before in my time here, so just the way it's brought into their seams just because of the design of it, for grass I thought it was hard. I'm not an expert on if that had any factor in the injuries."

Meanwhile, McCarthy was asked if the hit that caused Smith's injury was dirty. It occurred when Texans tackle Duane Brown blocked Smith away from the play from the side.

McCarthy: "It's something you obviously don't want to see happen. It's unfortunate. It was an avoidable. It probably depends on what side you’re coaching. I think the offensive lineman was trying to finish the play, the play was close to being over. They were behind the tackle. But it was an ugly play and D.J. suffered a serious injury."

We'll see if the NFL weighs in on that one.

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