Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo may play a very limited role or may not play at all against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. It depends on the state of the field at Levi's Stadium, according to Clarence Hill of the Star-Telegram.
The condition of the grass at Levi's Stadium was a big story last season, and it has been throughout the offseason as well. San Francisco conducted just three of the eight scheduled practices at Levi's Stadium due to the field being in such poor condition. The 49ers have never given the grass proper time to take root and get strong, and after a short time of practicing it comes up in clumps and poses a safety risk for players.
It's a big deal because the 49ers have a lot of non-football events there, including a recent Taylor Swift concert. The team started installing a new field on Tuesday and plans to re-sod the stadium multiple times throughout the season. Dallas will inspect the surface prior to Sunday's game between the two teams, and given that it's a new field, it should hold up ... initially.
San Francisco thought they had solved last season's issues this past offseason, and now they again feel that they have figured out the problem going forward. The 49ers believe the shipment of grass from before the aforementioned concert did not have the proper root structure within the mud that anchors the sod, according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area. Regardless, it's not ideal to continue swapping the field given the lack of a chance for the grass to really take hold, but it will be necessary with all of the action on the field in the coming months.