After a costly 49ers victory Sunday against the New York Jets resulted in several San Francisco starters forced to leave the game due to injuries, head coach Kyle Shanahan and a Niners player criticized the field at MetLife Stadium and called for the NFL to intervene.
The 49ers lost star defensive end Nick Bosa (knee), defensive tackle Solomon Thomas (knee), quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (high-ankle sprain) and running backs Raheem Mostert (knee) and Tevin Coleman (knee) to injuries during their 31-13 victory against New York.
“@nfl fix this trash met life turf . 2020 is so wack,” 49ers defensive end Ark Armstead tweeted after the game from his verified account.
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After the game, Shanahan said the initial fears were that Bosa and Thomas had torn anterior cruciate ligaments in their knees, which would likely require surgery and force them to miss the remainder of the season. Mostert’s injury, Shanahan said, didn’t appear to be as serious, but all players will have further evaluations Monday.
“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 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 stronger. Unfortunately, it’s a place we have to go back to next week.”
The 49ers will play the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium next Sunday.
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