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49ers GM John Lynch reveals Nick Bosa’s current status for Week 1

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San Francisco 49ers No. 2 overall pick Nick Bosa suffered a severe high-ankle sprain early into training camp. The injury subsequently placed him out for the rest of training camp and preseason, and it’s unknown if he’ll miss any regular-season time. General manager John Lynch doesn’t clarify that any further, as he believes Bosa has a 50-50 chance of playing on September 8th, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Lynch said, on KNBR, via Pro Football Talk,

Nick Bosa, he’s coming along really well,” Lynch said. “I think truly, [him playing in] Week One, that’s, I don’t know, 50-50, but it’s going to be touch and go as to whether he makes it.”

Bosa is a massive piece of the 49ers’ defensive rebuild of 2019. In free agency, the team acquired inside linebacker Kwon Alexander and Jason Verrett; they also traded for former Kansas City Chiefs pass-rusher Dee Ford, then gave him an extension. The three will pair up with Richard Sherman, Deforrest Buckner, Arik Armstead, Fred Warner, and Bosa to play in a much-improved defense.

Bosa — the brother of Los Angeles Chargers star Joey Bosa — comes into the NFL with a complete package of pass-rushing moves. A former Ohio State Buckeye, he sat most of the 2018 college season after suffering an abdominal injury; which he had surgery for. Despite playing just three games in 2018, he tallied four sacks, six tackles for loss, and 14 combined tackles.

Over the entirety of his three-year college career, the former Buckeye tallied 17.5 sacks, 29 tackles for loss, and 77 combined tackles.

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