Garcia: NFL should look into moving 49ers-Giants over turf originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
It wasn't just for the 49ers, too. The Jets also dealt with a flurry of injuries on the brand-new MetLife Stadium turf.
Jeff Garcia believes the NFL should look into possibly moving the 49ers' upcoming Week 3 game against the New York Giants, who also play at MetLife, if the turf truly is that bad.
"If the turf is that bad, and it's bad for both teams -- not just one team -- it's bad for both teams," the former 49ers QB and current NBC Sports Bay Area analyst said Sunday on "49ers Postgame Live." "They could, I would assume, look at other venues nearby that could be an option to move. You're not asking fans to move. You're just asking the teams to move. Maybe it's a college stadium locally, or maybe it's the Philadelphia Eagles' stadium, whatever is in close proximity that could make it work for both teams.
"That needs to be looked into, because if they're suffering major injuries because of the quality of the turf, that's looking out for the livelihood of the players."
The 49ers fear star edge rusher Nick Bosa tore his ACL during the first quarter. Defensive lineman Solomon Thomas injured his knee on the very next play, and running back Raheem Mostert left early with what coach Kyle Shanahan called "knee issues." Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo sustained a high ankle sprain and likely will not play next week.
All four lower body injuries happened in the first half. None of the mentioned players suited up in the second half.
Immediately after the 49ers' Week 2 win, defensive lineman Arik Armstead called out the "trash turf" at MetLife on Twitter. Linebacker Fred Warner also said he noticed in pregame that the turf was "sticky," and ESPN's Dianna Russini reported 49ers players told her they're "afraid and anxious" about playing at MetLife next week.
Fred Warner confirms that he noticed that the turf was sticky in the pregame warm ups— Jennifer Lee Chan (@jenniferleechan) September 20, 2020
I’ve been texting with players on the 49ers and some of them are both afraid and anxious about playing on the turf again here at Metlife next week against the Giants— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) September 20, 2020
The Eagles will host the Cincinnati Bengals in Philadelphia next Sunday, so that won't be an option. But, as Garcia suggested, the NFL very well should make the players' health its top priority and be open to all options.
As we know, health clearly always is the NFL's main concern. Right?