The Tragic Carpet?

A rash of injuries is again focusing attention on the safety of artificial turf

First it was the Jets. Wayne Chrebet, a wide receiver, broke his foot while making a cut upfield during an exhibition game. Then Vinny Testaverde, their quarterback, popped his Achilles tendon pushing off to recover a fumble. Last week the Atlanta Falcons star running back, Jamal Anderson, tore a knee ligament trying to outmaneuver linemen. In each case the only contact the players had was with the artificial turf. Both teams had been playoff hopefuls, the Falcons eyeing a return to the Super Bowl. Now it is doubtful these teams can put together a winning season. At least nine other players...

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