But teammate Arik Armstead believes that the playing conditions at MetLife Stadium were to blame and coach Kyle Shanahan seemed to agree.
“Fix this trash met life turf,” Armstead wrote in a tweet directed at the NFL. “2020 is so wack.”
Shanahan spoke to reporters following the Niners’ 31-13 win over the Jets and said that he and the team discussed how “sticky” the turf was during that game and noted that “unfortunately” they will have to play there again next week when they take on the New York Giants.
Several 49ers players told ESPN that they are “afraid and anxious” for Sunday’s game.
As for the Jets, who also saw a number of injuries on Sunday, a source told ProFootballTalk, “We were too busy getting our faces kicked in to worry about the turf.”
A league source also confirmed that the NFL’s field operations department will vet San Francisco’s concerns about the turf.