But reports emerged during that day that a number of players were considering skipping the game if it was played at Estadio Azteca, with one prominent player affirming, "It's not fair to risk our health". Supposedly, field conditions became an utter disaster following a concert that took place just nine days before the Rams and Chiefs were scheduled to play at Azteca Stadium.
National Football League officials are expected to convene at the stadium Tuesday in a meeting that was previously scheduled to examine the playing surface and make a final decision about whether the game can and will be played there, sources said.
Two recent events apparently damaged the hybrid playing surface, a combination of grass and synthetic filler.
It's not often that the NFL's global games end up being marquee matchups, but in this case, Mexico City was set to host two of the league's elite in a crucial cross-conference game. But another source said he thinks moving the game to Los Angeles is still an option that will be decided this week. 'Until very recently, we had no major concerns.
Entering Week 11, the Chiefs and Rams rank as two of the most explosive offenses, with Kansas City averaging 35.3 points per game and L.A. averaging 33.5.
All NFL teams that forgo a home game to play internationally are required by the league to keep their home stadium available as a contingency. That is, until Tuesday, when rumblings over field conditions at El Azteca Stadium began to grow.
The Chiefs won't be heading to Mexico City this Monday. The total remained at 63.5. The Rams will announce ticket information and other details for Monday night's game as soon as possible, the league said.
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