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Team Spokesman: Redskins Not in Talks With Artificial Surface Company

An interview with an artificial surface developer on ESPN 980 indicated that a new playing surface may have been in FedEx Field's near future. However, on Saturday, Redskins Spokesman Tony Wyllie denied that the Redskins were in talks to implement this plan.

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At the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Redskins training facility in Richmond, Va., General Manager Bruce Allen said that an artificial surface was not an option for FedEx Field. On a separate occasion, Allen noted that the organization missed its chance to re-sod the field right before its Week 10 bye, and that the same mistake will not be made again.

However, on Friday, ESPN 980 in Washington broadcast an interview with Desso GrassMaster executive Yves De Cocker, who said that he and his company are on "speaking terms" with the Washington Redskins.

According to their website, Desso GrassMaster uses a hybrid surface that's describe as " A natural grass pitch [that] is reinforced with artificial turf fibres[sic] injected 20 cm deep into the pitch. It stays a natural grass pitch, but one that can be played on 3 times as much."

Desso has already provided services for the stadiums of the Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers, and has also done work on the famous Wembley Stadium in London.

For more information, here is a video of Desso's process (h/t @HTTR24_7):

UPDATE 3/2/13: Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie tells Pro Football talk that the Redskins are not in talks with Desso