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49ers’ Nick Bosa returns to practice, calls muscle injury ‘motivation’

Nick Bosa, 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers are getting their first-round pick back on the practice field ahead of their Week 1 showdown with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Nick Bosa returned to practice on Monday and the rookie defensive end is encouraged to get back on the field.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been as motivated in my life to get back,” Bosa said. “I’ve had my sights set on playing my first NFL season. Every waking hour was spent getting my ankle right.”

The 49ers held the second-overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and they chose to use it on Bosa. Coming into the NFL, the Ohio State defensive end was regarded as this year’s best pass-rusher in the draft.

However, when San Francisco selected him, they knew there could be injury issues that could hinder his career. Last season, in one of his first games in his final year at Ohio State, Bosa sustained a ‘core‘ injury that caused him to miss the rest of the season.

Upon his arrival to the 49ers, the rookie pass-rusher suffered a hamstring injury in OTAs and was sidelined until training camp. Then, after making his return to training camp, Bosa endured an injury to his ankle.

The ankle injury was diagnosed as a severe ankle sprain and the rookie began his recovery process immediately. Finally, on Monday, Bosa made his return to the team after missing nearly a month of action.

It remains to be seen if Kyle Shanahan allows him to suit up this Sunday. Regardless, the team’s first-round pick is ready to put his injury woes behind him this season.