PITTSBURGH -- Fred Taylor isn't worried as much about the Pittsburgh Steelers' home-field advantage as he is their bad field.
The Jaguars play an AFC wild card game in Pittsburgh on Saturday night, their second visit there in less than a month.
"That field is terrible," Taylor said in a conference call with Pittsburgh reporters. "That's a lawsuit pending. That's ridiculous."
Taylor's comments were unexpected only because he ran for 147 yards and the game-winning touchdown on that snow-covered, mushy field during Jacksonville's 29-22 victory in Pittsburgh on Dec. 16.
Taylor, a 10,000-yard career rusher, has 381 yards rushing in his last two games in Pittsburgh, although his 234-yard game there in 2000 came on Three Rivers Stadium's artificial turf.
Despite frequent complaints from visiting players about the slippery and often grass-bare field since Heinz Field opened in 2001, the Steelers have stayed with grass mostly because their players often plead with owner Dan Rooney to keep it.
An NFL operations official stayed in Pittsburgh the following week to monitor the conditions, and the field help up six days later for the Steelers' 24-10 victory over Cincinnati on Dec. 2 despite more rain.
No matter, Taylor wants to see artificial turf the next time he travels to Pittsburgh.
"I prefer grass, but these cold-weather teams, late in the season, they allow high schools to play on their field and they allow colleges to play on their field," said Taylor, ninth in the league with 1,202 yards rushing. "It just goes completely bad. So I think a million-dollar investment won't hurt their pockets."
The weather may not be the factor for this game as it was in the Steelers' last three home games. The early forecast calls for an unseasonably mild daytime high of 49, cloudy skies and no precipitation.
"It's a better field now than it has been," Del Rio said. "Usually at this time of the year, with all the play it gets, it's really worn. All in all, it's a good, solid field."
"Sure it is (an advantage), if he feels that way," Tomlin said. "I don't know anybody on our team that hates our field."
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