The condition of the newly-installed turf at Metlife Stadium has been a hot topic ahead of this week’s NY Giants game against the San Fransisco 49ers.
After the San Fransisco 49ers saw multiple key players go down with lower-body injuries in their last game against the Jets at Metlife Stadium, the condition of the turf has been widely discussed ahead of the team’s showdown against the NY Giants this weekend.
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was none too pleased to have to play back-to-back games at Metlife Stadium after seeing players such as Nick Bosa, Solomon Thomas, Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, and QB Jimmy Garoppolo go down with serious injuries during Week 2.
It’s hard to blame the highly-thought of coach for this rationale as he saw firsthand the effect the turf could potentially have on his players up close and personal.
But, for what it’s worth, the NY Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t have any issues during their Week 1 matchup at Metlife and there’s a solid chance the injuries were more of an anomaly.
The NFL routinely inspects every field 72 hours before kickoff and this week due to the onslaught of injuries in Week 2, the NFL and NFLPA conducted extra tests and reviews to make sure there was nothing wrong with the newly-installed turf at Metlife (the turn was just put in this Summer).
NFL clears NY Giants’ stadium of being a danger
According to Jordan Raanan of ESPN, the NFL and NFL have finished their reviews of Metlife Stadium and have given the NY Giants and San Fransisco 49ers the green light to go ahead and play their planned Week 3 contest this weekend.
The NFL went so far as too break down each injury on frame-by-frame camera angles, and apparently, they’re chalking up the injuries to bad luck instead of malpractice.
NY Giants head coach Joe Judge has to be happy to hear this news as he was already getting sick of answering questions about the field conditions at Metlife Stadium.
The situation is still worth monitoring moving forward as if NY Giants players and their opponents continue to go down with serious injuries it’s going to be hard to continue to write them off as coincidences.