The NFL has spoken, and the 49ers’ complaints about the MetLife Stadium turf were ruled unfounded.
“Yesterday, representatives from the NFL, NFLPA, MetLife Stadium, the Giants and Jets, Field Turf and the independent field inspector conducted an additional review of the field surface at MetLife Stadium,” a statement released by the NFL read. “The group again verified that the field meets all applicable standards and protocols for the NFL field surfaces.”
The 49ers, who are back at MetLife Stadium this weekend for a matchup with the Giants, voiced complaints about the turf after four key players – Nick Bosa, Solomon Thomas, Jimmy Garoppolo and Raheem Mostert – all went down with injuries in a Week 2 game against the Jets.
Both Bosa and Thomas suffered season-ending ACL tears.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan said after the game that he and many players felt that the turf was sticky, creating a dangerous environment.
The league, which inspects the turf before every game, took Shanahan’s comments seriously and decided to investigate further on whether or not it was indeed dangerous or in any violations.
With the NFL reaching its conclusion on the turf, Sunday’s game will move forward at MetLife Stadium. The question now turns to whether or not Niners tight end George Kittle – who is battling a hamstring injury – will suit up for the game.
There was a report that Kittle may keep himself out due to fears over the turf.
Shanahan already acknowledged Garoppolo may not play, while Mostert could miss a few weeks.
The Giants are dealing with a significant injury of their own, as Saquon Barkley is also out for the season with a torn ACL.