Even though the San Francisco 49ers will not be playing another game at MetLife Stadium again this season, some of the players are still voicing their frustration with the playing surface.
Running back Raheem Mostert — who suffered an MCL injury in Week 2 against the New York Jets — took to Twitter after several New York Jets players got hurt during their Thursday Night Football matchup against the Denver Broncos.
ANOTHER injury at MetLife? Shocker. The turf is horrible!! Shut that field down, @nfl.— Raheem Mostert (@RMos_8Ball) October 2, 2020
San Francisco’s season got off to a rough start after the team lost pass-rushing extraordinaire Nick Bosa and fellow defensive lineman, Solomon Thomas, to season-ending knee injuries during the Jets game.
Tevin Coleman hurt his knee during the game but is expected back in a few weeks, while quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a high ankle sprain and should return sooner than later.
The Niners asked the NFL to examine the playing surface before playing their second of back-to-back games in the stadium. The league inspected the turf leading up to the 49ers-Giants contest and found no issues.
San Francisco’s roster took another hit during the Giants game when tight end Jordan Reed sprained his knee and was placed on injures reserve.
Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon joined Bleacher Report for an AMA and was asked about the playing surface at MetLife Stadium and didn’t hold back.
“The worst turf I played on, 100%,” Witherspoon wrote. ”It was super thick. There were those little rubber pellets everywhere. It felt like some thick and tall grass got converted to turf.”
“Usually, turf is thin and fast, but this was real sticky.”
Witherspoon played a majority of the Week 2 matchup but was forced to miss the game against the G-Men due to a hamstring injury.
The good news is that the 49ers will have most of their injured players back in the coming weeks. But, the injuries to Bosa and Thomas are tough to swallow.