The San Francisco 49ers have already said that rookie Nick Bosa won’t see the field during the preseason due to a sprained ankle. Their main goal is to get him healthy and ready for the regular season in a few weeks.
It seems as if Bosa has made progress in his recovery, shedding the walking boot he had on his ankle. The rookie defensive end was seen doing conditioning work during Wednesday’s practice while the rest of the team went through drills.
San Fransisco drafted Bosa with the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft out of Ohio State. Therefore, they are anxious to get him in their starting lineup to bolster their pass rush.
Coming into the NFL, similarly to his brother Joey, Nick has had injuries affect him. During his last year at Ohio State, his season ended prematurely when he suffered a groin injury. Despite the injury, he was expected to be one of the first players taken in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Then, after his arrival to the 49ers, Bosa sustained a strained hamstring during just the second practice of OTAs earlier this offseason. Bosa recovered from that injury only to face issues with his ankle.
In his rookie season, the 49ers are hoping to improve their ability to create pressure on the opposing quarterback. Last year, San Francisco was 22nd in the NFL in sacks with 37 of them.
Along with drafting Bosa, the 49ers also traded for Dee Ford to provide some help for DeForest Buckner.
San Francisco is just hoping Bosa continues to progress towards his return before the 49ers square off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to kick off their regular season.