Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the ball as safety Justin Reid #20 of the Kansas City Chiefs closes in during the second quarter of the game at State Farm Stadium on September 11, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona. Photo by Norm Hall || Getty Images
By Jeremy Cluff || Arizona Republic
The NFL has produced scandals such a Bountygate, Spygate and Deflategate.
Could Sodgate be next?
On Tuesday, Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid was very critical of the field inside State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona after two of his players were injured slipping on it during the Chiefs’ 44-21 win over the Cardinals in Sunday’s NFL Week 1 game.
“It was a little loose. That’s what happens sometimes when you re-sod,” Reid told reporters. “It’s part of the (Harrison) Butker injury and the (Trent) McDuffie injury, and that’s unfortunate. The turf picked up, and I would tell you that did have something to do with it. If it didn’t, I’d tell you that, too. It’s not an excuse by any means. But you all see it when you watch the tape.”
Butker, the Chiefs’ kicker, slipped early in the game on a kickoff, forcing the Chiefs to turn to safety Justin Reid on some extra point attempts in the game. Reid went 1-for-2 on those attempts before Butker returned.
The kicker was able to connect on a 54-yard field goal after returning.