In the wake of injuries suffered by Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown and San Francisco 49ers running back Reggie Bush in consecutive weekends, the Rams are working in concert with the NFL and the city of St. Louis to address the concrete behind the benches in the Edward Jones Dome, sources told FOX Sports on Monday.
The surface near the stands is the same as it has been since the team began playing in the dome in 1995, though it has come under scrutiny after McCown and Bush slipped on the last two Sundays.
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McCown hurt his shoulder in Week 7 when he collided with the wall underneath the elevated seats behind the visiting bench. This past Sunday, Bush suffered a much more severe knee injury that is expected to end his season when his feet gave out from under him as he tried to slow his momentum.
The concrete surface is exposed because the turf that covers the field does not extend all the way to the wall where the lower bowl of seats begins.
It's unclear at this point what the exact solution to the problem will be, as multiple options are being discussed. But once source said the Rams and the league are intent on making sure the surface is changed to one that will provide better footing before the team's next home game on Nov. 15 against the Chicago Bears.
The Rams have four more home games this season. It's possible they have only four more home games in St. Louis, period, as they're one of the teams in the running to move to Los Angeles. A vote on the move isn't expected until January at the earliest.
In the meantime, the Rams are making the necessary change to their home stadium to ensure safety for all players as they enter the bench area.
A source said the NFL is looking at other stadiums that also have hard surfaces like the concrete in St. Louis to see if any other changes need to be made. The NFL Players Association is also monitoring the situation.