The New England Patriots already have replaced the playing surface at Gillette Stadium, reportedly because players complained the previous surface was too soft.
Well, the new turf apparently has that same problem.
Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera told reporters Wednesday that his players took issue with the turf after the Panthers scored a road win over the Patriots on Sunday.
The softness of the turf caused Panthers safety Demetrious Cox to suffer an ankle injury, according to Cox.
The Patriots installed a new artificial surface in May, then tore it up after playing just two preseason games and one regular-season contest on it. They’ve hosted two games since making the switch, beating the Houston Texans in Week 3 before losing to the Panthers in Week 4.
Patriots cornerback Eric Rowe and linebacker Elandon Roberts left Sunday’s game with groin and ankle injuries, respectively. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore also injured his ankle, according to the team’s injury report, but remained in the game.
The Patriots will be on the road for the next two weeks, with their next home game scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 22, against the Atlanta Falcons.
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