San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan and his players worried about the pitch following the 49ers’ 31-13 win over the Jets in Week 2 as defensive back Nick Bosa, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo , running backs Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman and defensive tackle. Solomon Thomas all suffered lower body injuries that ended the game.
Bosa and Thomas each suffered torn ACLs at the end of the season, Mostert has an MCL sprain, Coleman has a knee injury that should put him on the sidelines for several weeks, and Garoppolo has a high ankle sprain.
The 49ers play this Sunday at MetLife for the second straight week, this time against the Giants. The new FieldTurf was installed in the stadium this summer, and it had previously only been played in Jets and Giants scrums, as well as during the Giants’ season opener on Monday night in Week 1.
Several 49ers complained about how “sticky” the playing surface was and took advantage of Twitter and their Zoom media sessions to vent their frustration after the game. Although Shanahan acknowledged that it was difficult to establish a direct correlation between injuries and playing surface, he said it was something his team had been talking about throughout the game.
“I know it’s as many knee and ankle injuries and people getting caught on the turf as I’ve ever done,” Shanahan said. “From what I saw, the other team did too. I know our players talked about it throughout the game, how sticky the grass was. much stronger. ”
On Wednesday, Shanahan acknowledged that the NFL and NFLPA were examining the MetLife field and said he was waiting to hear the results.
“The NFL and the NFLPA are asking people to watch it right now,” Shanahan said. “So, we’ll go with that. If they can’t find anything, you will play. Other people tore their ACLs in this league last week and they weren’t all on turf. So you know how we felt about it. We’ll see what the pros say, and hopefully we’ll learn something. ”
ESPN’s Nick Wagoner contributed to this report.