Rodgers Blames Bucs' Turf for Calf Injury

Before "Deflate Gate" all of the focus of the NFL community was on the ginger calf of Aaron Rodgers. Despite a constant limp and a limitation on his running ability, Rodgers was able to make through the playoffs without missing any time due to that calf. Now, the Bucs playing surface is getting the blame!

Before "Deflate Gate" all of the focus of the NFL community was on the ginger calf of Aaron Rodgers. Despite a constant limp and a limitation on his running ability, Rodgers was able to make through the playoffs without missing any time due to that calf.

Well, now there's a twist to the story that affects the Buccaneers. Rodgers is placing blame on the turf at Raymond Jameis Stadium for the cause of his infamous sore calf.

"The calf was, in my opinion, due to the poor surface in Tampa," Rodgers said on his radio show with WAUK-AM in Milwaukee via NFL.com. "Tampa is where I hurt my shoulder as well, back in 2008, and I think that there needs to be looked at some more uniformity as far as the field conditions.

"I think there's a couple of surfaces that are more likely to create injury than prevent injury," Rodgers continued. "There's some incredible surfaces in the NFL. There's some ones that I think need to be looked at. Tampa is one of them because of the amount of play, I think, that happens there.

"When you put down so much sod and it's very uneven and soft, I think it can lend to more injuries. I've played there three times and been hurt there, in my opinion directly related to the field, twice."

Once upon time, Tampa Bay's claim to fame when it came to football was having their field voted as the best playing surface in football. Now, with one of the star quarterbacks in the NFL placing so much blame on it, the NFL might be forced to looking into how the Tampa Sports Authority maintains the playing surface inside Raymond Jameis Stadium.

One aspect that might help, but is some time away from happening is for the USF Bulls to build their own on-campus football stadium. Athletic Director Mark Harlan made a brief mention of the possibility of an on-campus stadium this past Wednesday on Sportstalk 1040 The Team in Tampa, but also said it will be a very slow process to make sure it is done correctly.


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