Wednesday, January 9, 2013

49ers say grass thin, footing stable at Candlestick

A picture of the field at Candlestick Park posted on Facebook by kicker Billy Cundiff raised concerns that there might be another problematic playing surface one week after complaints about the poor conditions at FedEx Field in last weekend’s Seahawks win.

The 49ers were asked about the condition of the field on Wednesday and agreed that things aren’t in great shape. Long snapper Brian Jennings, who worked out at the stadium with Cundiff, said that the “grass is thin” but said that the footing was stable during the workout. Coach Jim Harbaugh expressed a similar sentiment.

“I thought it was OK, yeah. It’s not like it is in September. Most grass field tend not to be as lush in the winter months,” Harbaugh said, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.

Jennings said that the team has played twice on the field since it was resurfaced late in the season and theorized that a lot time under tarps during a rainy December could account for the sparse grass. Hopefully, the footing is stable and the quality of the field isn’t an issue again this weekend.

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