<
>

Jeff Fisher: 'Player safety is of the utmost importance'

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Monday that the team is engaged in conversations with the NFL about the exposed concrete that surrounds the field at the Edward Jones Dome.

Those discussions come after Cleveland quarterback Josh McCown and San Francisco running back Reggie Bush suffered injuries in consecutive weeks from slipping and falling on the concrete located beyond each team's bench.

Fisher pointed out that the Rams have played many games on the same field with the same concrete surrounding it -- without any previous issues. But he also said that if there is a solution, that should be explored.

"The organization, we have had discussions with the NFL league office and game ops department to see if there's something we can do," Fisher said. "This is their deal. Player safety is of the utmost importance, so we don't want to have any issues. We're going to do whatever we need to do to make sure we don't have an issue with it."

In Sunday's game, Bush landed hard on the concrete after he was well out of bounds following a punt return. He slipped on the concrete before he could stop himself. He tore his MCL and will undergo season-ending surgery Tuesday, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

"I just slipped and fell," Bush said after the game. "I'm not angry that it happened. It is what it is. I'm not a doctor, and I'm not going to try to be one right now. We'll figure it out [Monday] after we get some pictures."

McCown was a bit more fortunate, as he ran into the padded wall. He was seen shaking his shoulder after the collision, but he continued playing.

Fisher pointed out that many other stadiums in the league have similar setups and he hasn't coached his team to be cognizant of the concrete.

Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff and other team executives are handling the conversations with the league, though Fisher said Monday that he would be the one to offer updates on possible changes.

"To be honest with you, I really haven't had time to get involved in that issue itself," Fisher said. "Kevin and the guys were talking to the league office. I've been more into our team and Minnesota. Again, player safety is the most important thing we are dealing with here."