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07:50 AM ET 01.10 | The FedEx Field playing surface has come under a good deal of fire since Seahawks- Redskins, including from both head coaches. "The head coach and players have said themselves that the field was not up to snuff," NFLPA spokesman George Atallah told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. "We certainly hope that they upgrade it." Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson pointed a finger at the league. "The commissioner, and I know it's a tough job, but he doesn't mandate mouthpieces. You care about us, but you don't mandate mouthpieces. You care about us, but we play on that field last week that was like, 'Really? Really?' That should be illegal. That's like working in a sweat shop to me." Redskins coach Mike Shanahan acknowledged issues with the field on Monday.

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January 10, 2013  07:56 AM ET

FedEx field, the NFL's sweat shop...

In all seriousness I hope they do upgrade the field for the safety of all.

January 10, 2013  07:56 AM ET

How they have artificial turf at high schools in SE DC, but not at FedEx Field is beyond me.

January 10, 2013  08:03 AM ET
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How they have artificial turf at high schools in SE DC, but not at FedEx Field is beyond me.

turf is cheaper but not as good for the players...schools use it to be cheap...nothing more

January 10, 2013  08:03 AM ET

I don't think Shanahan should be opening his mouth about poor working conditions after he FAILED to protect the most important player on his team...

January 10, 2013  08:05 AM ET

keeping RGIII in the game is the kind of move I'd expect from China, East Germany, or the Soviets back in the 80's...win at all costs, even if your players die in the process...

January 10, 2013  08:06 AM ET

Isn't a sweat shop one of those places where the employees have trouble with the English language and get substandard wages?

Nobody in the NFL gets substandard wages.

January 10, 2013  08:13 AM ET
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keeping RGIII in the game is the kind of move I'd expect from China, East Germany, or the Soviets back in the 80's...win at all costs, even if your players die in the process...

Ja, but hiss real name would be Roberta Gambolputty de von Ausfern....auf Ulm and he vould not shower mit ze rest of ze team.

January 10, 2013  08:16 AM ET
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I don't think Shanahan should be opening his mouth about poor working conditions after he FAILED to protect the most important player on his team...

Surprised they didn't have a thread this morning about the Mayor saying they should change the name... He has nothing to say when asked about his shady campaigns though....

January 10, 2013  08:20 AM ET

Fed Ex Field and a sweat shop are not exactly analogous, but we do get the point.

January 10, 2013  08:21 AM ET
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Surprised they didn't have a thread this morning about the Mayor saying they should change the name... He has nothing to say when asked about his shady campaigns though....

Sooo, what 'pc' name would you pick for them? How about what they were called in Boston, before they moved to DC - "Braves?" Oh well.

January 10, 2013  08:22 AM ET
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Sooo, what 'pc' name would you pick for them? How about what they were called in Boston, before they moved to DC - "Braves?" Oh well.

"Bullets," maybe?

January 10, 2013  08:26 AM ET
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Sooo, what 'pc' name would you pick for them? How about what they were called in Boston, before they moved to DC - "Braves?" Oh well.

Redskins.

January 10, 2013  08:35 AM ET
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Surprised they didn't have a thread this morning about the Mayor saying they should change the name... He has nothing to say when asked about his shady campaigns though....

Of course.

January 10, 2013  08:37 AM ET

Does Michael Robinson know they make sneakers in sweatshops- they don't play football

January 10, 2013  08:38 AM ET
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Redskins.

You should suggest that one. It's actually pretty good.

January 10, 2013  08:46 AM ET

The result of this little issue will be a demand for a new stadium. Negotiations for the stadium will lead to a new name for the team and will result in the Washington Carpetbaggers taking the field in a stadium even grander than Jerry's little playground.

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