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Ravens are switching to natural grass at M&T Bank Stadium in 2016

The Baltimore Ravens have announced that they will be switching from artificial turf, to natural grass to start the 2016 season at M&T Bank Stadium. Could the change have something to do with the amount of injuries the Ravens have sustained this season?

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The Baltimore Ravens have announced that they will be switching from artificial turf, to natural grass to start the 2016 season at M&T Bank Stadium. Could the change have something to do with the amount of injuries the Ravens have sustained this season? Remember, Joe Flacco, Justin Forsett and Steve Smith Sr. all suffered season ending injuries on their home turf.

However, Ravens president Dick Cass said that this is more about the players wanting to play on natural grass more than anything else. But Cass did mention that injuries could have played a role as he discussed via Baltimore Sun:

"I don't think the injuries we've experienced this year or in prior years are related to the type of [surface]..."But if you look at studies that have been done around the league, I do think that you'd find that there are more lower body extremity injuries on artificial surface than there is on a grass field. But the primary factor was our players really wanted to play on grass and we think that playing on grass is just more consistent with the way football should be played in Baltimore."

From 1998 when M&T Bank Stadium was opened through 2002, the Ravens actually played on natural grass. During that time, the Ravens had a home record of 25-16 including the playoffs. There were different players on the roster at that time, but the home record is just a reminder to anyone who thinks that the Ravens would have a greater home field advantage by switching the surface. That won't necessarily be the case.

But the important thing is making sure the players feel comfortable. If they want to change the field conditions, then it will be done.