The 49ers held their breath when Nick Bosa went down with an injury during training camp. Even though it turned out to be a sprained ankle, it’s still significant enough to keep the No. 2 overall pick away from team drills for nearly all of August.
Injuries are certainly part of football, but there was concerns over Bosa’s health prior to him being drafted. He missed the majority of his final college season due to a muscle core injury.
With preseason underway, San Francisco has accepted the reality that Bosa won’t make his NFL debut within the next few weeks. However, the former Ohio State product is trending in the right direction.
According to 49ers reporter Cam Inman, Bosa was at practice on Wednesday participating in light conditioning with trainers. He’s also not wearing a walking boot, which is an encouraging sign.
Bosa won’t return in time to play in the preseason, but his status for Week 1 isn’t in doubt yet.
San Francisco has high hopes for Bosa, who is considered the best pass rusher from the 2019 NFL Draft.
#49ers starting last home practice of training camp, flying to Denver later today.
Encouraging sight: Nick Bosa did light conditioning with trainers. Not wearing boot. Walking slowly on ankle he sprained 8 days ago. Week 1 doesn’t seem out of question.
Beathard, Ward practicing
— Cam Inman (@CamInman) August 14, 2019
In an effort to bolster their defense this season, the 49ers addressed its defensive line in the draft and free agency. Before drafting Bosa in the first round, the front office made a blockbuster trade for Dee Ford.
San Francisco opens the season on the road against Tampa Bay.
We’ll find out in the coming weeks if Bosa will be on the field for the season opener.