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Coughlin confident in changes on New Meadowlands turf

Giants wide receiver Domenik Hixon grabs his knee

Giants wide receiver Domenik Hixon grabs his knee after his right foot got caught in the turf on a punt return during practice at the New Meadowlands Stadium. (June 15, 2010) Credit: AP

One last blog post before I head over to the afternoon practice and cap what is really the last two-a-day of training camp (the Giants have two workouts scheduled for Friday but have changed the morning one to a jog-through, so if you had plans to show up in Albany and see something special Friday morning, forget it).

This has to do with the turf at the New Meadowlands Stadium. You remember the turf, especially if your name is Domenik Hixon. There was lots of speculation out loud and behind closed doors that the FieldTurf helped contribute to his blown out knee suffered during a minicamp practice there in the spring. Hixon had to have surgery and has been lost for the season.

Tom Coughlin said there are no concerns about playing on the field Monday night against the Jets. He will address the turf with the players before the game but he feels confident that it will not be a hazard.

“We have been back over there as coaches and looked at it,” he said. “We were assured when we walked around. All of our concerns we had at that time have been answered.”

“They did a lot,” Coughlin added of the work the crew did to make the field safer. “They did some work on the center of the field. They did some work to make sure the distribution of the granules was even. They did a lot of that. They checked each area with a meter to make sure it all met to the specification. We were told about all this.”

Still, there will be plenty of eyes watching Monday’s game. Most of them will be watching preseason football, trying to spot future stars and catch a quick glimpse of the projected starters. But some of those eyes will be looking for a knee to buckle on the turf. And if it does, there may not be enough rubber granules in the world for the “turf people” (as Coughlin called them in the spring) people to hide beneath.

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