Torrey Smith not a fan of ‘terrible’ Heinz Field grass

Ahead of Saturday’s wild card contest between the Ravens and Steelers comes a critique of Heinz Field’s playing surface.

Or lack thereof.

“It’s terrible,” Ravens receiver Torrey Smith said, via ESPN.com. “They need to go ahead and put some turf up there or something. Apparently the field gets a lot of use. That’s good for them [as a business], but it’s terrible for us [as players on both teams] playing this late [in the season].”

Forecasts call for heavy rain — a 100 percent chance of rain — for the primetime tilt at Heinz, which recently was ranked as the worst grass field in the NFL. That much of the precipitation is expected prior to kickoff won’t help matters (read: footing), either.

But, unlike Smith, Ravens coach John Harbaugh doesn’t seem too worried.

“I think we’ve got the contingencies built in,” Harbaugh said. “We just have to see how the game plays out. I like to think our schemes are weatherproof.”

Zack Kelberman
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