BMO Field end zone astroturf monster claims another victim

Edmonton Eskimos receiver Derel Walker is the latest to slip and fall in the north end zone at BMO Field.

The grass surface turns to astroturf at the goal line – footwear is much different for each.

With the Eskimos trailing 12-4 in the second quarter, Mike Reilly threw a ball to the end zone for Derel Walker as Argos defensive back Ronnie Yell was in coverage. Walker went to jump for the ball but slipped and fell to the ground. Yell easily intercepted the throw and the only culprit for the Edmonton turnover was the change in surface.

“A hundred percent he slipped and fell because of the turf, but it’s not something that we don’t know about, both teams play on it,” Reilly told TSN after the game.

“There’s nothing we can do about that, we’re going to run our plays and try to execute them and do your best as you can on that surface. I’ve never seen D-Walk slip and fall on a one-on-one jump ball.”

It was a crucial play as the Eskimos lost by three points which they easily could’ve gotten on that drive.

Other players from around the league weighed in, most notably Redblacks receiver Greg Ellingson.


If the players feel it’s unsafe and commissioner Randy Ambrosie has been vocal about protecting them as much as possible, the turf issue needs to be fixed.

Everyone wants the game decided on the field, but not by it.

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