Turf problems? Multiple injuries at MetLife Stadium leads league officials to take another look at field
Three visiting NFL players suffered what's believed to be season-ending injuries in just two weeks at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, and now, some are questioning if the turf is responsible.
The San Francisco 49ers lost defensive stars Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas in Sunday's win over the New York Jets, 31-13. The team confirmed that both have suffered season-ending ACL injuries. Their quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, never entered the game after halftime. He had an ankle injury. The team also lost running back Raheem Mostert to injury.
San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan says his players complained that the turf was too sticky.
"When somebody's foot gets planted and their knee goes one way and their foot is stuck in the ground I mean if you have a sticky turf or it's a little thick it's like being in the rough at a golf course right?" says Sean Santagato, of Elite Spine & Sports Care of Totowa.
Steelers lineman Zach Banner suffered a torn ACL last Sunday in Week 1 playing against the Giants at MetLife Stadium.
Sportingnews.com also reports MetLife Stadium underwent some renovations during the offseason, including the installation of new turf, replacing one that was down since 2013. The new turf is apparently also used at other NFL stadiums.
There were a rash of injuries Sunday around the league, including Giants running back Saquon Barkley, although most are blaming the injuries on a lack of preseason due to coronavirus concerns.
The Giants are defending the turf. The team practices on the turf and is set to take on the 49ers this weekend at MetLife.
Giants coach Joe Judge says the time from week one to week two is critical for injuries as players recover from that initial shock. He admits having no preseason caused him to worry about this. As for the turf, Judge says none of his players complained.