The 26-year-old, who is set to enter free agency after the season, suffered the injury in the third quarter of Big Blue’s 25-3 win on Sunday and was then placed on IR on Tuesday, with the team announcing his season is over.
On Thursday, fellow defensive back Logan Ryan was asked about Peppers’ injury, and he took the chance to explain how he believes playing on artificial turf is leading to more injuries around the league.
“It sucks, man. It really sucks. I feel like we were just finding a groove of all playing together this year. That’s a great kid with a great heart,” Ryan said. “He loves football. He does whatever the team asks him to do. He probably had his best game and, it might be a topic for another conversation, but we’ve really got to talk about these turf fields, man. It’s just not best for a player’s safety. It’s too many lower body injuries and it’s unfortunate. It’s unfortunate going into a contract year. It just breaks your heart, so it’s tough. It’s going to be really tough to replace his energy.
“We’ll miss him, but it’s just too many lower-body injuries on turf. The discrepancy is way too high and it’s taking guys earnings away, their earning ability away, when you miss a season because your ankle can’t get out of the turf or your knee can’t get out of the turf. So, it’s unfortunate.”
Of the 17 games on the Giants’ regular season schedule this season, 11 of them take place on turf, including their eight home games at MetLife Stadium.
“I mean, our turf is like any other turf. I think a lot of the turfs are bad,” said Ryan. “I don’t think they’re bad, I just think they’re not as good as grass. They’re turf. They are what they are. But we practice on grass every day. The English Premier League, those players play on grass and we play on turf.
“I get it and a lot of guys get high-ankle sprains and tear their knees every year on turf. If it happens on grass, it happens on grass. Grass has the ability to move a little bit move than turf. Our turf to anybody else’s, players don’t like playing on turf. If you had a poll, the players don’t like playing on it. It is what it is. We play on it, but it’s just unfortunate when you see that stuff happen.”
Ryan and the Giants will be back on natural grass this week, when they take on the Chiefs in Kansas City on Monday night.