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Raiders File Complaint About Steelers' Field

By Joe Kukura
|  Tuesday, Nov 23, 2010  |  Updated 9:00 AM PDT
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Raiders File Complaint About Steelers' Field

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PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 21: Matt Spaeth #89 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is upended by the Oakland Raiders defense after catching a pass during the game on November 21, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Matt Spaeth

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Turns out Richard Seymour's childish-but-awesome decking of Ben Roethlisberger is not the only legal ramification coming out of Sunday's Oakland Raiders' loss to the Steelers.

Pennsylvania's Beaver County Times reports that the Raiders have filed a complaint over the dangerous conditions created by the poor playing surface at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field.

"The field is absolutely atrocious,” Raiders' defensive tackle Tommy Kelly told the Times. “They have to do something about that. They got big divots like they’re playing golf out there. One time my shoe came off because I stepped in a hole."

I don't know if you can blame the turf when you lose 35-3, but the Raiders are entitled to try it.

After all, the New England Patriots filed nearly the exact same complaint after playing the Steelers there Nov. 14.

While these complaints are being widely reported, the NFL denies the complaints have been filed. "It’s not accurate,” NFL vice president for public relations Greg Aiello told the Times. "Our office received no such complaints."

So in what might be a first, the NFL league office is denying a report from the NFL Network.

The situation is clear as mud.

Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who strongly recommends this very lucid "defense of Richard Seymour punching Roethlisberger" piece published Monday on Deadspin.

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