Winnipeg field shortened for Packers-Raiders

Field Level Media

August 23, 2019 at 12:28 am.

The preseason game between the Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders in Winnipeg on Thursday night was played with shortened dimensions due to concerns about the turf in each end zone.

With holes in the turf — from where goal posts are placed for Canadian Football League play — that could not be properly filled, each end zone was moved 10 yards closer to the middle of the field. Pylons were placed at each end of both 10-yard lines, marking the front of the end zone, and at each end of both normal goal lines (for the back of the end zone).

The game began without a kickoff, with the Packers taking the ball at their 25-yard line (the actual 35-yard line by on-field markings).

The Packers sat 33 players, including quarterback Aaron Rodgers and all of the team’s starters. Tim Boyle started at quarterback for Green Bay. It’s unclear if any starters would have played if the field had been in normal condition.

The Raiders, who were technically the home team and had their logo painted at midfield, also rested most of their starters, with quarterback Mike Glennon starting in place of Derek Carr. Head coach Jon Gruden had previously told reporters it was unlikely Carr and other starters would play much if at all in the remainder of the preseason.