SANTA CLARA – The 49ers have their first eight practices of training camp scheduled for Levi’s Stadium. But during the early portion of their first practice of camp on Saturday night, the field looked as if it might not last for one full practice.
During the individual portion of practice the turf outside the numbers got chewed up during the work of the wide receivers and defensive backs, creating large divots. The damage to the grass was not as bad as last summer when then-coach Jim Harbaugh took his players off the field because of the risk of injuries.
New coach Jim Tomsula pointed out that the field held up well in the middle of the field.
Tomsula said they will need to re-think how they conduct individual drills at Levi's Stadium. Although he said he expects the 49ers to practice in their home stadium on Sunday, the practice could be moved to the team’s nearby practice fields.
“We’ll reserve our right to make decisions as we need to,” Tomsula said. “They’re going to roll it and work it all night, but we’re not going to come out if it’s not good.
"We’re not going to put them at risk."
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The 49ers’ practice took place immediately after the Charlie Wedemeyer All-Star game.
The turf was replaced after the Grateful Dead concerts at Levi’s Stadium in late June. The field will be re-sodded again after a Taylor Swift concert Aug. 15 and 16.
The 49ers figure to re-sod Levi’s Stadium seven or eight times before Super Bowl 50 arrives in February.