Sep 20, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; A general view of the New York Jets sidelines during the playing of the national anthem before their game against the San Francisco 49ers at MetLife Stadium. The New York Jets coaches, staff and players did not come on to the field for the national anthem.  Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

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Reports: MetLife Stadium turf ruled OK upon review

The turf at MetLife Stadium met all applicable standards and protocols for NFL field surfaces following an examination involving representatives from the league, the NFL Players Association, the New York Giants and Jets and FieldTurf, multiple media outlets reported on Thursday.

The examination on Wednesday came as a result of San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan and his players expressing concern about the turf following their 31-13 victory over the Jets in Week 2.

The win proved costly for the 49ers (1-1), who saw defensive linemen Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas sustain season-ending ACL tears. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (high-ankle sprain) and running backs Raheem Mostert (MCL sprain) and Tevin Coleman (knee) also exited with injuries.

The 49ers will be back at MetLife Stadium for the second straight week on Sunday (1 p.m. ET) when they visit the Giants (0-2).

“I know that’s as many knee injuries and ankle stuff and people getting caught on the turf as I have ever been a part of,” Shanahan said. “From what I saw, the other team did, too. I know our players talked about it the entire game, just how sticky the turf was. … It was something our guys were concerned about right away and the results definitely made that a lot stronger.”

–Field Level Media

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