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Grass at FedEx Field Appears In Good Shape for Preseason Opener

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FedEx Field prior to Washington Redskins home preseason opener on August 19, 2013. (credit: Chuck Carroll/106.7 The Fan)

FedEx Field prior to Washington Redskins home preseason opener on August 19, 2013. (credit: Chuck Carroll/106.7 The Fan)

LANDOVER, Md. (CBSDC) — The grass at FedEx Field appears in top shape for Monday night’s preseason contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers — the Washington Redskins’ first home game in more than seven months.

Poor field conditions were blamed as a contributing factor to quarterback Robert Griffin III’s devastating knee injury last season.

The field has been resurfaced with a new bermudagrass sod mix, expertly designed by horticulture professionals at Oklahoma State University and the United States Golf Association according to Sports Illustrated

The grass is popular because of its durability. Experts say the blend is also largely heat resistant and can repair itself quickly.

In addition to the new surface, the Redskins have installed a new track wall around the field which touts the team’s championships.

“Hail to the Redskins” adorns the wall in cursive lettering along with a plug for the Redskins.com and the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation.

The Redskins last played at FedEx Field on January 6 in a Wild Card loss to the Seattle Seahawks where Griffin suffered torn ACL and PCL tendons that required reconstructive surgery just days later.

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