Two teams dealing with serious injuries meet at a field that one blames for its casualties when the San Francisco 49ers visit the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon in East Rutherford, N.J.
The 49ers (1-1) overcame season-ending knee injuries to defensive linemen Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas, and game-ending ailments to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and running back Raheem Mostert in a 31-13 thumping of the New York Jets last Sunday.
The 49ers didn't return home after the game, opting to spend the week practicing and lounging at the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.
San Francisco likely will be without Garoppolo (high ankle sprain), Mostert (sprained knee) and running back Tevin Coleman (sprained knee) as it seeks just its second road win against the Giants since 2002.
Nick Mullens, who replaced Garoppolo against the Jets, is expected to get the start versus the Giants. Jerick McKinnon, who came off the bench to rush for 77 yards and a touchdown, is in line for his first 49ers start at running back.
Coincidentally, Mullens also was the 49ers' starting quarterback the last time they met the Giants in a 27-23 home loss in 2018. He went 27-for-39 for 250 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.
The 49ers asked the NFL to look into the condition of the turf at MetLife Stadium this week. Not sure what to expect, San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan has warned his players to focus on the opponent -- not the field.
"If you're playing, you better be confident and full speed," he said this week. "The NFL and NFLPA's having people look at it. If they don't find anything, you go out there and play. Other people tore their ACL in this league last week and they weren't all on turf."
Giants standout running back Saquon Barkley was one of those guys, having gone down in the first half of New York's 17-13 road loss to the Chicago Bears.
Dion Lewis stepped in to rush for the only touchdown of the game for the Giants (0-2), and the club has since signed free agent running back Devonta Freeman this week.
Giants coach Joe Judge spent part of the week trying to convince his team that the combination of 0-2 and Barkley's injury doesn't mean the season is over.
"We're not going to raise the white flag on anything," Judge insisted. "Our guys are going to fight straight on through. We have a job to do regardless of the circumstance or outcome of the previous game. Our job is to get ready to go out there and put the best product on the field we can on a weekly basis."
New York also will be without wideout Sterling Shepard, who was placed on injured reserve with turf toe.
Like the Giants, the 49ers brought in reinforcements this week -- both in-house and from free agency.
Star tight end George Kittle, who sustained a knee injury in the season-opening loss to Arizona and did not travel to New York last week, has rejoined the team in workouts.
Meanwhile, the team added to the depth of their defensive line with the signing of veteran Ziggy Ansah and the promotion of Dion Jordan from the practice squad.
--Field Level Media
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New York Giants
- Ankleday-to-day | questionable
Freeman left the last game with an ankle injury, and it is uncertain if he will take the field Week 8 versus the Buccaneers.
- GroinOut indefinitely | I-R
Williams has hit the injured reserve list with a groin injury, and it is unclear when he will return to the fold.
- Legday-to-day | questionable
Gano has a right upper-leg injury, and it has yet to be determined if he will participate in Week 8 versus the Buccaneers.
- Neckday-to-day | questionable
Holmes missed the last game with a neck injury, and it is unclear if he will partake in Week 8 against the Buccaneers.
- HamstringOut indefinitely | I-R
Crowder has wound up on the injured reserve list with a hamstring injury, and it is undetermined when the team will take him off the IR.
- AchillesI-R | I-R
Carter has been transferred to the injured reserve list after rupturing his Achilles.
- Shoulderday-to-day | questionable
Colbert has been absent from the lineup during the past two games due to a shoulder injury, and it is uncertain if he will return against the Buccaneers in Week 8.
- Undisclosedday-to-day | questionable
Peppers left Thursday's game due to an unspecified injury, and it is unclear if he will return.
San Francisco 49ers
- PectoralQues Sun | I-R
Reed Jr. has a torn pectoral, and the team has entered him on the Injured Reserve/Non-Football Injury list as a result. His three-week window in order for the team to activate him has begun.
- KneeQues Sun | questionable
Pettis was absent from the last two games with a knee injury, and it has yet to be established if he will draw back into the lineup Sunday versus the Patriots.
- QuadricepOut Sun | out
Ward is managing a quad injury, and he will not be in Sunday's lineup versus the Patriots.
- GroinOut Sun | out
Tartt was forced from the last game with a groin injury, and he will not active against the Patriots on Sunday.
- AnkleQues Sun | questionable
Williams was lifted from the previous contest with an ankle injury, and it is undetermined if he will face the Patriots on Sunday.
- CalfQues Sun | questionable
Wilson Jr. did not play the last game due to a calf injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up Sunday versus the Patriots.
- AnkleOut Sun | out
Alexander missed last game due to a high-ankle sprain, and he will not be active Sunday against the Patriots.
- GroinProb Sun | probable
Johnson has sat out the previous two games with a groin injury, but he is likely to be available Sunday versus the Patriots.