The league and the union are getting tough on field conditions, and it's about damn time. Tucked away in the league's announcement about tougher concussion rules was another piece of news aimed at player safety. The NFL and the NFLPA are creating a joint committee to monitor field conditions. The committee will inspect fields and take steps to make them safer, be it the turf itself or the apparatus surrounding the field. FINALLY.
The list of terrible field conditions is a long one, and that's without going back too far into the past. Reggie Bush's season ended last year thanks to the exposed concrete in St. Louis' old dome. Who could forget the grass at FedEx field playing its part in ending RG3's rookie season?
The conditions at Bank of America Stadium were terrible throughout the Panthers' playoff run. At one point, they resorted to painting it. The Steelers lost their kicker because of a garbage field in the Hall of Fame game last year, and Aaron Rodgers didn't hold back when asked about injuries and Tampa's field.
Fields for the NFL's international games have been especially suspect -- workers spent halftime picking up clumps of grass at Wembley Stadium during one 2014 game -- and will get special attention from the new committee.
Not even the Super Bowl is immune from terrible field conditions. The turf at Levi's Stadium was in bad shape for Super Bowl 50, and the next Super Bowl is in Houston, where the turf at NRG Stadium was literally coming apart at the seams.
THE NFL IS WRONG ON SAFETY AGAIN: The NFL's Heads Up Football program isn't reducing concussions like the league says it is. The Heads Up Football program has been sold to youth football leagues and parents as statistically proven to reduce injuries, but a New York Times review of the evidence tells a different story.
SEAHAWKS RE-UP WITH CARROLL: Pete Carroll signs three-year extension with Seahawks. You knew they weren't going to let him get away. Time to dust off this GIF.
NELSON'S OTHER KNEE: Packers put Jordy Nelson on PUP list because of his "other" knee. It's not a torn ACL or anything, but it is another on the list of nagging injuries Nelson's dealt with throughout his career.
MORE TROUBLE FOR THE COWBOYS: Randy Gregory is facing an even longer suspension. The Cowboys' second-year defensive end is headed for a drug treatment facility while the rest of his team goes to training camp. Gregory already had a four-game suspension to start the year, but that could be a full 10 games now.
MISSING CHIEFS: Eric Berry not expected at Chiefs training camp, how long will he be out? It all depends. It's too late for him to sign a long-term deal this year, but he could still negotiate some favorable conditions for next year. And they still don't know how long Justin Houston will be out. He'll miss training camp for sure.
BOLDIN TO THE LIONS: How the Anquan Boldin signing affects entire Detroit Lions depth chart. The Detroit Lions wide receiving corps only has a few days before training camp and they were met with a huge shake up due to the acquisition of Boldin.
RAVENS SIGN LONG: Baltimore Ravens to sign veteran Jake Long. Injuries have sapped the effectiveness from the No. 1 pick from 2008. The Ravens are hoping that he can at least provide some depth.
EAGLES LINEBACKER ARRESTED: Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham arrested for assault, per report. The Eagles' starting linebacker is reportedly in trouble.
GORDON'S FUTURE: Would the Browns trade Josh Gordon? ESPN's John Clayton speculated about a deal between the Browns and the Eagles for the troubled receiver, but it was just speculation. There's some logic here. The Browns regime could net themselves some draft picks for Gordon, trading away the uncertainty he brings because of his off-field issues. On the other hand, the Browns could keep Gordon around for 2017 on a bargain deal since he'll be a restricted free agent next spring.