Representatives of the NFL, NFLPA, MetLife Stadium, Giants and Jets, Field Turf and the independent field inspector made a further inspection of the ground surface of MetLife Stadium on Wednesday, said a source from the league of Jordan Raanan from ESPN.
It was reaffirmed that the field met all applicable NFL field surface standards and protocols, the Raanan source said.
49ers San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan and his players have expressed concern about the grass after the 49ers’ victory over the Jets in Week 2, with the end of defense Nick Bosa, quarterback Jimmy Garopolo, running Rahim Mostert and Tevin Coleman and defensive decisions All Solomon Thomas injured lower body.
Boza and Thomas suffered a torn ACL at the end of the season, Moster has a sprained MCL, Coleman has a knee injury that is expected to remove him in a few weeks, and Garopolo has a high sprained ankle.
The 49ers play this Sunday at MetLife for the second week in a row, this time against the Giants. The new FieldTurf was installed at the stadium this summer and previously only played in Jets and Giants fights, as well as the Giants’ new season on Monday night in Week 1.
Many 49ers complained about how “sticky” the playing surface was and turned to Twitter and their Zoom media sessions to vent their frustration after the game. While Shanahan acknowledged that it was difficult to make a direct connection between the injuries and the playing surface, he said that was something his team talked about throughout the match.
“I know these are as many knee and ankle injuries as there are people who get caught in the clean as I’ve been a part of them,” Shanahan said. “From what I saw, the other team did the same. I know our players talked about it throughout the game, how sticky the turf was. … It was something our boys were worried about right away and the results definitely did that. much stronger. “
On Wednesday, Shanahan acknowledged that the NFL and NFLPA were examining MetLife’s grass and said he was waiting to hear the findings.
“The NFL and NFLPA are making people watch it right now,” Shanahan said. “So we’ll keep going. If they don’t find anything, you go out there and play. Other people broke the ACL in this league last week and they weren’t all on the grass. So you know how we felt about seeing what the pros would say and we hope to learn something. “
ESPN’s Nick Wagoner contributed to this report.