The 49ers first win of the 2020 season was pretty much a disaster as no less than four important starters were injured during the game. The worst being Nick Bosa, who more than likely tore his ACL early on in the game. Two plays later, it looked like Solly Thomas tore his ACL as well. They were both carted off the field.
Jimmy G, having a fine start after his wobbly opening day, got the dreaded high ankle sprain early in the game as well. He played through it till the half, with a 21-3 lead, and was replaced by Nick Mullens. Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman also suffered knee injuries but theirs don’t appear to be as severe, but who knows?
And with Richard Sherman, George Kittle, Westie Richburg, Deebo Samuel, and Dee Ford already injured, that’s a lot of talent cooling heir heels on the sidelines. NINE starters already out. And this is week 2. And we play on that same field next Sunday.
The game? Well, the game started great with an 80 yard TD run for Mostert on the first play. Jordan Reed had 2 TD catches to go along with a solid first half. The defense made a nice stop on 4th and 1 to kill a TD drive, and scored on the turnover, and the outcome was never really in doubt after that.
It was also pretty cool to see Frank Gore still hitting the hole hard and churning out yards while the game was still in doubt early. Darnold was pressured some, and the DBs played well enough to only allow a garbage TD late, but the name of this game was the injuries. Not that it was just the Niners by any means. The Jets lost WR Breshad Perriman, WR CHris Hogan, C Connor McGovern, CB Arthur Maulet, and CB Quincy Wilson. I think Hogan returned to the game.
Arik Armstead was the first to loudly complain about the newly installed surface of Metlife stadium, and soon the noise was loud from a lot of 49er players about how sticky the surface is. And about how concerned they are since they pay again there next Sunday. Late last night, the NFL said they would take a closer look at the situation, but really, I’m not sure what they can do about it short of moving the game to a neutral site, or, since there are no fans involved anyway, move it to Santa Clara.
The Giants, Steelers, and Jets didn’t raise any concerns after their games, but based on the number of injuries yesterday on both sides, something’s got to give.