TCF Stadium field 'unplayable' - Player safety not an issue?

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Vikings TE Visanthe Shianco says the field is cleared up but also said there are a couple slick spots.

In a season where concussions and player safety have taken center stage, I'm really surprised by how the NFL is handling this field situation around the Bears-Vikings game.

From Brad Biggs on Chicago Breaking Sports:

"Serious time -- All respect to the people that cleared the field and
got it ready, you did an amazing job. That being said, it's unplayable,"
Kluwe wrote on his Twitter account.

"The field is as hard as concrete an hour and a half after they took the
tarp off, and anyone that hits their head is getting a concussion," he
continued. "I find it interesting that the NFL can claim an emphasis on
player safety, and then tell us the field is fine. It's beyond

"I can only hope, however unlikely, that no one gets catastrophically
injured at the trainwreck that's about to take place tomorrow night.

"To everyone -- that was a totally serious post on the field conditions.
It is like walking on concrete. They took the tarp off at the same time
they'll take it off before the game. The problem isn't heating it, it's
retaining that heat.

"Like a lot of you are saying, hopefully the snow will at least provide a
cushion tomorrow night :)

"The difference between TCF and fields you mentioned is they were built
for cold weather. They have heating coils so no freezing.

"I've been asked not to tweet anymore about the field so as not to
distract teammates (who were there) and I will honor that."

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