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49ers’ Nick Bosa expected to play in Week 2

Nick Bosa

Watch out Cincinnati Bengals, No. 2 overall pick Nick Bosa is slated to play for the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2, despite not practicing all week due to ankle soreness.

Said 49ers general manager John Lynch on 95.7 The Game, via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle:

“He’ll work kind of limited throughout the week, but he’s fully intending on playing. As far as the snaps, we’ll kind of see how that goes.”

Bosa sustained a high ankle sprain in training camp, which forced him out for most of the weeks leading up to the regular-season opener. He returned a week in-time, on September 2nd, and was later cleared to play for the opener. On the injury, Bosa said on Thursday, via NBC Sports Bay Area’s Jennifer Lee Chan:

“Good, a little sore, just getting back into it. It’s a long game and you can’t really simulate it with practice so, definitely sore but I’ll be fine. An ankle sprain is something you kind of have to work through a little bit of pain in the beginning. Pretty happy that I got through the whole game and I started to pick it up at the end and we got the win.”

In his first game as a pro, Bosa showed just why he was the No. 2 pick. Against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the former Ohio State Buckeye played 38 of 69 snaps, recording two sacks, two hits, two hurries, and a pass-rush “win,” according to Pro Football Focus.

He has the opportunity to top that stat line Week 2 when he faces Bengals left tackle Andre Smith; who hasn’t instilled confidence in the team’s line play.