Punting Issue at Cowboys' New Stadium
UPDATED (3:36 p.m.)...
A quirky issue arose with the Dallas Cowboys' palatial new $1.2 billion stadium during Friday night's preseason game against the Tennessee Titans:
The massive video board hanging over the field is low enough to be hit by punts.
The Titans' A.J. Trapasso sent a punt off the board during the game. By rule, it was called a dead ball and the punt play was repeated.
Trapasso and veteran punter Craig Hentrich told reporters that they'd sent punts off the video board repeatedly during pregame warmups.
"It is an issue," Titans Coach Jeff Fisher, the co-chairman of the NFL's competition committee, said after the game, according to the Tennessean. "Both of our punters hit the scoreboard, so something needs to be worked out."
According to the newspaper, Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck said: "They definitely have a problem with the low scoreboard. If our rookie punter punted one into the scoreboard, I am sure once the regular season gets cranked up and guys get going they are going to have scoreboard issues."
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said there's not a problem.
"If your desire is to punt the ball straight up and hard, I can do that," Jones said, according to the Dallas Morning News. "The height that we've got it wouldn't [affect] normal kicks unless somebody just wanted to hit it."
The board reportedly is 90 feet above the field and stretches from roughly one 20-yard line to the opposite 20-yard line. It is 72 feet tall and 160 feet long, according to the Cowboys.
The issue is to be reviewed by the league and might be discussed by members of the competition committee, according to multiple reports.
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