The San Francisco 49ers were perhaps the biggest victims of Sunday’s rash of injuries across the NFL, losing Nick Bosa and possibly Solomon Thomas for the rest of the season, as well as injuries to Jimmy Garoppolo and Raheem Mostert that could linger over the coming weeks.
But there may have been an underlying issue at the root of the injuries aside from mere bad luck.
Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan and linebacker Arik Armstead suggested the turf at MetLife Stadium was to blame for the injuries.
“As far as the feeling that was on the sidelines, I know that’s as many knee injuries and ankle stuff of people getting caught on the turf as I have ever been a part of,” Shanahan told reporters after the game. “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 stronger.
“Unfortunately, it’s a place we have to go back to next week.”
Yep, that is right. The Niners are back at MetLife Stadium in Week 3 to play the New York Giants after beating the Jets on Sunday, but players are not thrilled about it.
According to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, 49ers players are afraid and anxious about returning to the stadium for next week’s game.
Meanwhile, veteran linebacker Armstead went on Twitter to call on the NFL to do something about the turf.
“@nfl fix this trash met life turf,” he wrote. “2020 is so wack.”
The Jets certainly had their share of injuries during the game as well, losing wide recievers Breshad Perriman (ankle), Chris Hogan (ribs), center Connor McGovern (hamstring), CB Quincy Wilson (concussion) and CB Arthur Maulet (groin).
Last week, during the Steelers-Giants Week 1 matchup, three Steelers players left the game with injuries, including right tackle Zach Banner, who was carted off the field and underwent season-ending knee surgery this past week.
However, the neither the Steelers nor the Giants or Jets, have raised issue with the turf.
Whether or not the league can or will do anything about the Metlife turf remains to be seen, but it is certainly setting up for an interesting storyline to follow this week ahead of the game vs. the Giants.