Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones suggested Friday that the team could sit quarterback Tony Romo and other starters for a preseason game Sunday in San Francisco over concerns with the troublesome turf at Levi's Stadium.
Jones made his comments in a radio interview a day after coach Jason Garrett said at the Cowboys' training camp in Oxnard, "I'm confident that the league will make sure that field is safe for everybody to play or we won't play the game."
The 49ers moved some practices out of the stadium early in training camp after large chunks of sod came loose. There were similar issues when the stadium debuted last season.
The turf was replaced after two Taylor Swift concerts Aug. 14-15. Stadium operations chief Jim Mercurio has said it will be replaced as needed during the season, perhaps as many as seven times. The year-old, $1.3-billion stadium is set to host the Super Bowl in less than six months. The NFL is expected to install its own field for that game.
The outspoken Jones later softened his remarks when he met with reporters. "I don't want to overblow that because I have such respect for what that organization is and what they are going to get done," he said. "What I want to do, though, is basically give any consideration to somebody that is on the fence. Everybody needs field conditions as good as they can get them."
Ryan sharp for Falcons
Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan was sharp for the second straight preseason game, completing four of five passes for 75 yards and leading the Falcons to touchdowns in both of his series in a 30-22 loss to the New York Jets at East Rutherford, N.J. Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets' offensive starters were sluggish until facing Falcons backups midway through the second quarter.
In another exhibition game, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson and Kansas City counterpart Alex Smith struggled at times behind unsettled offensive lines during the Chiefs' 14-13 victory at Kansas City, Mo. Wilson was nine for 15 for 78 yards, and Smith finished 11 for 18 for 81 yards with a touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin.
Griffin's status unclear
Washington Coach Jay Gruden said he had "no idea" how long quarterback Robert Griffin III after he left Thursday's exhibition game against Detroit with a concussion. "We'll have to see," Gruden said. "I would imagine, depending how long he's out, he's still going to be our starter."