49ers coach Kyle Shanahan fires back at idea that Nick Bosa is injury prone
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is taking issue with a lot of the talk surrounding Nick Bosa. It was recently revealed that the second overall pick in April’s draft is dealing with a significant ankle sprain that will sideline him at least for the entire preseason.
Since that announcement there’s been a lot of buzz Bosa is injury prone. He missed most of his last season at Ohio State due to a core muscle injury and missed a lot of San Francisco’s offseason program due to a hamstring issue. Now, Shanahan is pushing back on that perception.
“Everyone acts like he’s a guy who is going to get hurt, [but] I’ve been around one of the most physical rookies in practice, as far as playing the run, playing the pass. He gets after it. He’s tough as could be. Last thing he wants to do is get hurt,” Shanahan said, via Jennifer Lee Chan of NBCSportsBayArea.com.
“He’s trying to go out there and play with it. He wants to come back tomorrow. He had an over-300-pound man land on his leg, and it was very fortunate that we didn’t lose him for the year,” he continued.
Shanahan has always had a very good relationship with his players, and it’s not hard to see why. Whether or not Bosa is injury prone doesn’t really matter now, all that matters is getting him back on the field. The 49ers haven’t had much of a pass-rush the past few years, and they’re counting on Bosa to help jumpstart it.
A Bosa/Dee Ford pairing coming off the edge has the potential to be really good, but they need Bosa back at full strength if they’re going to compete in a tough NFC West this season.