Vikings K Kai Forbath on Redskins’ stadium grass: ‘It’s dirt and they spray paint it green’

  • Stephen Knox
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7:42 p.m Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 Atlanta Falcons

Minnesota Vikings kicker Kai Forbath doesn’t appear to have the most fond memories of FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

The Vikings go up against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, the team Forbath was on for the first four years of his career. That means he has intimate knowledge of the playing surface at FedEx Field.

It commonly regarded as one of the worst in the NFL, and Forbath did not hold back when asked about it.

“It’s dirt and they spray paint it green,” Forbath said, via the St. Paul Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson. “It’s just not good grass.

“The field isn’t the best, but fortunately I’ve kicked there enough times to where I feel comfortable going out there. It’s not an unknown surface to me. I heard it’s not in the best shape now, but we’ll see. … I had an issue with it when I was there, and I’ve heard it hasn’t changed much.”

Washington released Forbath one game into the 2015 season, and spent 10 games as the New Orleans Saints’ kicker. He had a tough year and was released in September of the next year. The Vikings signed him in November of 2016, and he has missed only one field goal attempt since then.

FedEx Field has quite a few problems for a stadium that opened up in 1997. Not only is the grass always an issue, but when the Dallas Cowboys visited in Week 8, rain was leaking into the press box.

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