Armstead calls out MetLife turf after numerous 49ers injuries originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
@nfl fix this trash met life turf . 2020 is so wack— Arik Armstead (@arikarmstead) September 20, 2020
Armstead spoke to reporters after the 49ers' 31-13 win, and further explained why he was frustrated with the MetLife surface.
#49ers Arik Armstead on the surface at Met Life Stadium:— John Dickinson (@JDJohnDickinson) September 20, 2020
“I think the turf was pretty thick. Guys seemed to be getting stuck in the ground more regularly. A bunch of guys wen’t down, wasn’t real fun to be a part of.”
Added there’s “anxiety” over playing there again next week.
“I think the turf was pretty thick," Armstead said. "Guys seemed to be getting stuck in the ground more regularly. A bunch of guys went down. Wasn’t real fun to be a part of.”
49ers coach Kyle Shanahan expressed similar frustrations with the field during his postgame press conference.
Kyle Shanahan said his players were talking about during the game about how “sticky” the field was at MetLife Stadium. Unfortunately, he said, it’s a place the #49ers have to go back to next week to play the Giants.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) September 20, 2020
The 49ers weren’t alone, as the Jets also dealt with multiple lower body injuries during the game. New turf was installed at MetLife this offseason.
Since this tweet, the Jets have two more players out with leg injuries. https://t.co/u7zA8QgBGl— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) September 20, 2020
Unfortunately for the 49ers, their next game will be right back at MetLife, as they will face the New York Giants there in Week 3.
Although the 49ers should be pleased with earning their first win of the 2020 season, this definitely would qualify as a pyrrhic victory for Shanahan and Co.