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John Fox: Bears not in favor of artificial turf at Soldier Field

The Bears aren't blaming grass at Soldier Field for Hroniss Grasu's injury. (Sun-Times media)

BOURBONNAIS — Refusing to blame the spotty grass at Soldier Field for center Hroniss Grasu’s torn right anterior cruciate ligament, John Fox said the team doesn’t want artificial turf at their stadium.

“Your alternative is to go on turf,” the Bears coach said Monday after training camp practice at Olivet Nazarene University. “I don’t anything anybody really loves that idea. Sure, it’s grippier, but that can be a negative too. It has nothing to do with the grass fields here, the grass fields there, or wherever the heck we go play.”

Grasu’s injury during “Family Fest” on Saturday was a non-contact one, but Fox wouldn’t blame the surface. The Chicago Parks District owns the stadium, not the Bears.

“It has nothing to do with grass,” he said. “It’s the same. You look around the league, whether it’s this year or 50 years ago. It’s a rough game.”