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Video: In 2016, it was rubber turf pellets piling up on New Era Field

This story was originally published Dec. 11, 2016.

A thin layer of snow built up on the playing surface at New Era Field during the first half of Sunday's Bills-Steelers game.

Traction didn't seem to be a problem, at least from the press box, but the Bills sent two large tractors onto the field to remove the snow at halftime.

The large brush attachments took care of the snow, but also took massive amounts of rubber turf pellets off the field, which caused a delay before the second half kickoff.

The pellets seem kind of important. They provide necessary cushion on the field, but they ended up in massive piles on the sidelines and had to be shoveled out of the end zone.

The game resumed after a five-to-ten minute delay.

UPDATE: Here's the team's statement on the incident.

"The brush on one of the tractors used for snow removal on the field was too firm which caused a build-up of the rubber pellets on the sidelines. Our field crew worked in conjunction with NFL officials to clear the sidelines to their specifications which caused a brief delay in the start of the season half."

 

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