After seeing several players get hurt against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers are complaining about the stadium’s newly-installed turf.
“I know that’s as many knee injuries and ankle stuff and people getting caught on the turf as I have ever been a part of,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “From what I saw, the other team did, too. I know our players talked about it the entire game, just how sticky the turf was. ... It was something our guys were concerned about right away, and the results definitely made that a lot stronger.”
The 49ers lost star edge rusher Nick Bosa with a torn ACL. They also saw Solomon Thomas, Jimmy Garoppolo, Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman suffer injuries.
The NFL examined the turf and called it “fine.”
Giants players asked about it on Monday don’t have a problem with the new playing surface.
“I don’t have any problems with it,” said wide receiver Golden Tate. “You can’t help but to think about where we are now two weeks into the NFL season and where we were three-four months ago, not having any OTAs, no time to be with the team. You can’t help but think that has something to do with it. But as far as MetLife’s field, I think it’s fine.”
Safety Jabrill Peppers also said he hasn’t had problems with the turf.
“No, not that I can say. I think every field kind of presents its own kind of problems,” Peppers said. “That’s why you go out there pregame, get a good feel for the turf. Is it a fast track? Do you need your studs or your molded cleats? Things like that. But on our part, we haven’t had any issues with it.”
Giants coach Joe Judged termed the turf “a good surface.”
“Our guys have been on that turf. We had camp in the stadium, that was our home for that month or so. We had our players on the turf every day for some kind of walk thru competitive practice,” he said. “Leading up to the game last week, not a single player said anything negative along the way to me at all about any of the facilities, specifically the turf. I’ve been on it myself, obviously with the team. I think it’s a good surface.”