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CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears tight end Greg Olsen has had plenty of experience with the Soldier Field turf, and he knows there's no use complaining about it, but that doesn't mean it won't be in the back of his mind before Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers.
"It is what it is, that's what I always say," Olsen said Tuesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "There's nothing we can do about it at this point. It's late in the season. We've played nine games on it already. It's beat up, but that's the way it goes.
"It's the same for both teams and come game day you don't even think about it past warmups, you just go out and play just hope you don't slip on a crucial play."
Packers receiver Greg Jennings on Monday called the grass at Soldier Field "probably the worst in the league," but added that the surface can "only play so much into the game if you allow it to."
NFL officials are expected to monitor the situation and work with the stadium's field manager during the week, taking action if necessary -- although it's not clear what could be done to improve conditions on short notice, as the field recently was re-sodded.
Will the Bears have an advantage because of their familiarity with the turf? The numbers don't suggest it -- they were 6-3 at home (including last Sunday's playoff victory over the Seattle Seahawks) and 6-2 on the road.
The decision isn't up to him, but Olsen, like teammates Jay Cutler and Brian Urlacher, would like to see the sod replaced with FieldTurf.
"I like FieldTurf personally for our team, specifically with our skill guys being fast and athletic guys. I think [FieldTurf] would be good. But again, that's not really my decision," Olsen said. "It would be nice but at the end of the day we've made it this far, we've made it to the NFC Championship on our turf so it's not the end of the world."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.