Some Chiefs and Rams Players 'Seriously Considering' Not Playing in Mexico City

May JohnsonNov 14, 2018

It was inevitable that the discussion about the playing surface at Azteca Stadium for next Monday's game between the Chiefs and the Rams would eventually move to the players who will be on the field and we reached that step on Tuesday afternoon. However, Schefter also reported that the league is "determined" to play the game in Mexico City while league spokesman Brian McCarthy said that the NFL is "working closely with the field manager at Azteca Stadium and others to ensure that we have an NFL-quality surface for our game".

The Week 11 match-up between the Rams and the Chiefs is the latest regular season game between two one-loss teams since 1990. The issue is that soccer games and concerts have left the field inside Estadio Azteca a mess.

"It's not fair to risk our health", one player said on background. Both teams sitting at 9-1.

If the National Football League is smart, then it will just move the game to the L.A. Coliseum, where it should've been played in the first place.

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A "number" of players were considering not playing in the game if it remained slated for Mexico City due to concerns about injuries. "Until very recently, we had no major concerns".

Azteca officials changed the playing surface from natural grass to a hybrid in May, but the turf hasn't been ideal for several months.

Cruz Azul, the Liga MX soccer club that shares the stadium with Club America, played a tournament game on the field last Saturday in noticeably poor conditions.

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