The 49ers are currently practicing outside in Santa Clara. The air quality index clearly met the threshold for the team to practice in smoke, but not very high.
Just 45 minutes before Friday’s practice, a 194 air quality index was evaluated in Santa Clara due to fires in Northern and Central California, Matt Mayoko of NBCSportsBayArea.com. The NFL has a limit of 200 to cancel practices or postpone games.
The NFL makes the final decision on the games, and the 49ers are in communication with the league office about the conditions for Sunday’s game, according to Mayoko.
“If it turns 200, it will be a big deal,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday during an appearance at KNBR. “I know that when it is above 150 it affects a certain group of people who are at high risk, pre-existing conditions, if it goes above 150 you can lose some players, But 200 is the mark you can’t go out of there. ”
According to Josh Weinfuss of EFPN, the NFL uses the EPA’s website to monitor the air quality index and is Ready to move If there is a game “definitive proof” the AQI will remain above 200 for a significant period of time.
“I’m sure discussions are on right now to find the best and safest option,” Cardinals coach Cliff Kingsbury quoted Weinfus. “I don’t know what will happen at this point, but I’m sure they will come to a good place.”