After some Vikings players expressed their concern over the possibility of playing Monday night's game at TCF Bank Stadium, home field of University of Minnesota football, their opponent, the Chicago Bears, upped them a notch: the Bears may file a protest if the game's moved to the open-air, snow-covered stadium.
In addition to that Judd Zulgad tweet, KFAN's Paul Allen, the play-by-play voice of the Vikings, says the Bears' complaints stem from the concern that for Monday night's game "the field at the open-air venue will be frozen" (via ProFootballTalk).
In particular, Bears safety Chris Harris has taken to Twitter to make public his fears of playing at TCF Bank Stadium:
Players have concerns of traction n the impact of falling on surface that could be as hard as asphalt. What if ur head hits it #playersafety
Harris suggests that the game be moved to Chicago's Soldier Field, and while that's unlikely (the NFL is hesitant to give a team an extra home game), Mike Florio speculates it could be headed to Atlanta. Why Atlanta? Good question:
Because ESPN is televising Monday night's Bears-Vikings game and the following Monday's Saints-Falcons game, from the Georgia Dome.
That's why the Giants-Vikings game moved to Ford Field; FOX was broadcasting the game and FOX had just done a game between the Packers and Lions at Ford Field.
It's also why a decision needs to be made sooner rather than later.