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Field of nightmares? Cowboys have concern about 49ers’ turf

A San Francisco 49ers player runs on the field at Levi's Stadium during a training camp practice earlier this month.
A San Francisco 49ers player runs on the field at Levi's Stadium during a training camp practice earlier this month. AP

Coach Jason Garrett doesn’t like the word “concern,” but he admits to having some about the Levi’s Stadium turf. The Cowboys play the 49ers on Sunday.

“We’re going to go up there, and we’re going to go over to the stadium once we get there, before we go over to the hotel, and have a little bit of a walk-through, and we’ll take a peek at it,” Garrett said. “But it sounds like it has been an issue, and they’re trying to address it as best they can. We’re going to play a game on Sunday afternoon, so we’ve got to figure it out. Hopefully they’ve taken care of their end of it.”

Last year, in the first year of the 49ers’ $1.2 billion stadium, the sod fell apart. The 49ers replaced the natural grass playing field twice before the 2014 season even started.

The same problems have persisted this year, with the 49ers moving several training camp practices originally scheduled for Levi’s. The grass field was replaced after an Aug. 15 Taylor Swift concert in the stadium.

Garrett was reminded of the 1994 NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park when the field became mushy after several days of rain.

“There were a lot of issues with Candlestick,” Garrett said. “I remember they used kitty litter on the field one year and all of that. But that’s the nature of it, and we talk about be your best regardless of circumstance, so what’s our role in this whole thing? Make sure your cleats are right. Our equipment guys do a fantastic job. ‘Players get out there early. Make sure you’ve got the right gear on so you can go be your best.’

“I’m confident that the league will make sure that field is safe for everybody to play or we won’t play the game.”

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