Kyle Shanahan ‘hoping’ Nick Bosa can play in Week 1

Tanya Simon
August 11, 2019

First-year players are generally trying to get caught up to speed with the National Football League and could ill-afford to miss any playing time as it could hinder their development.

Nick Bosa's debut with the San Francisco 49ers will not come in the preseason.

On Thursday, 49ers general manager John Lynch said rookie edge rusher Nick Bosa sustained an ankle sprain in practice Wednesday that was more severe than initially reported.

The Niners invested $3.6 million in Verrett and will hope he will be ready to play at some point early in the season, if not by Week 1.

"It's a significant ankle sprain", Lynch said on KNBR.

San Francisco starts the regular season at Tampa Bay on September 8. "He doesn't have a full blown one, but it has some components of that".

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A tweet by the NFL Network on Wednesday evening characterized Bosa's injury as "just" an ankle sprain.

Bosa also sat out most of the 49ers' off-season program because of a hamstring ailment.

After his injury scare in practice on Wednesday, most fans feared for the worst. The defensive lineman will miss the remainder of the preseason due to the injury.

Remember: Bosa tore his ACL in high school, too. "So it's safe to say we won't see him in the preseason, and we'll go from there". Injuries hampered him throughout his time as a Buckeye, including a core muscle injury that limited him to only three games in his final season on campus.

As for the concerns that Bosa might be injury-prone, Lynch said, "We don't feel he is injury-prone". Yesterday, he had a big human being fall on his leg while he was engaged with someone else.

But one day later, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said he felt fortunate that the outlooks for defensive end Nick Bosa and cornerback Jason Verrett were not altogether gloomy.

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